Niantic will soon let Pokémon Go players compete against each other online in a new Go Battle League for the mobile game.
Coming in early 2020, the new feature will build upon Trainer Battles, the current form of player vs. player battling that exists within Pokémon GO. This feature will be called GO Battle League.
Like many Pokémon GO features, GO Battle League will encourage players to get out and explore the world with Pokémon. Trainers will be able to walk in order to earn entry into the GO Battle League, then battle opponents from around the globe through an online matching system and rise in the ranks of the league.
The current Trainer Battles feature is limited in scope. Unless you’ve reached an “Ultra” or “Best” friend ranking with another player, then you can only battle players in your immediate vicinity.