Alerts: Gotta Catch 'em All

Jul 14, 2016 by Serhat Can

If you haven’t noticed yet, Nintendo's new game, Pokémon GO, is literally taking over the world. Pokémon GO reinvents a classic game with an augmented reality twist. The game is not available worldwide yet; however, that has not prevented users from downloading and catching 'em all. According to a Forbes article by Jason Evangelho, Pokémon GO is about to surpass Twitter in daily active users on Android and is #1 on Google Play Store. Incredible success!

The OpsGenie team has been playing Pokémon GO, too! We just found a Chansey in our office!

Pokemon GO Pinsir and Chansey

As people spend their days traveling to Pokéstops, searching for Pokémon, completing their Pokédex, and battling at the gym, it is important for users to know if the Pokémon servers are up and running. Recently, due to the incredible number of downloads, the servers are failing and users are being redirected to screens that confirm that the application servers are overloaded.

Currently when there is a server overload, Pokemon GO has a service implemented that reports thePokémon GO server status. As of now, the service will only send emails to users once the server is back online after an outage longer than 20 minutes. If users implement OpsGenie’s alerting and incident management system, then when the Pokemon GO servers go down you can opt to receive notifications through email, text messages (SMS), phone calls, or iPhone & Android push notifications.

Create a Pokémon GO Server Status Integration

You can easily create a Pokémon GO Server Status integration by using an OpsGenie Email Integration as illustrated below.


  1. Please create an OpsGenie account if you haven't done so already
  2. Go to the OpsGenie Email Integration page
  3. Create a new Email Integration
  4. Choose an email address, for example "pokemon-go"
  5. Write "[email protected]" as your email address on the Pokemon Go Server Status service
  6. Enjoy being the first one to be alerted!

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