Pokemon GO Etika Mural Added as PokéStop

Niantic added the Etika mural in New York City as a PokéStop on Monday
Niantic added the Etika mural in New York City as a PokéStop on Monday / Courtesy of Niantic

Pokémon GO Etika mural was added memorializing deceased influencer Desmond "Etika" Amofah to the game as a PokéStop on Monday.

The mural, commissioned by Etika contemporary Double A and web designer Abe hunter, spans 40 feet and is located in Bushwick, New York City. It features Eikta's smiling face flanked by the words "Take care of yourself," and "Have a damn good one!!"

Another YouTuber, REVERSAL, began a campaign in November 2019 to have the mural added as a PokéStop to commemorate Etika — himself a frequent Pokémon GO player. REVERSAL asked his fans to request the mural as a stop via the Wayfarer program, which allows players to petition for new points of interest in the game provided they're level 40 in-game.

"IT HAPPENED!!!" REVERSAL wrote on Twitter Monday. "THE ETIKA MURAL IS NOW A POKÉSTOP IN #PokemonGO!!! #JOYCONBOYZFOREVER," he concluded, referring to the name Etika used for his fans.

Etika died in early 2019 after a very public struggle with mental health problems. His death has become a flashpoint for discussions around the pressures faced by influencers like him. Before his death, his content primarily focused on Nintendo games, making the Pokémon GO tribute particularly apt.