Etika’s mural is now a pokéstop (pic: @DoubleA_Charged)

A fan-painted mural celebrating the life of YouTuber Etika has become an official pokéstop in Pokémon Go.

Fans lobbying developer Niantic to make their tribute to YouTube star Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah an official part of Pokémon Go has paid off, with the 40-foot mural in Brooklyn, New York City now referenced in the app.

Etika committed suicide in 2019, with his final video featuring a comment that ‘this world’s gonna forget me’. The mural was created in order to ensure that does not happen, while also raising £8,600 for an American mental health charity.

More recently, Dutch fan Reversal has campaigned for the mural to be recognised in Pokémon Go, with players at level 40 or above able to suggest new pokéstop locations.

As of now Niantic has accepted the mural as one such stop, where players can gain additional pokéballs and other items.

Visiting the mural also displays the description, ‘Remembering the passing of Etika, JoyconBoyz forever’ – with JoyconBoyz being the name adopted by Etika’s fans.

If you happen to be in New York City, the mural’s exact location is 1280 Myrtle Ave. in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The news comes as fans continue to fight to have Etika’s original Twitter account reopened, which was closed in the days following his death, reopened, but then closed again on 14 February this year.

It’s assumed it’s been closed simply because of inactivity, but fans are adamant that it should remain open as a tribute to the popular YouTuber.

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