Update: The Twitter account has confirmed that trainer battles are coming.
The original story is as follows:
This morning, the official Pokémon Go twitter account tweeted an image that raises a lot of questions.
The image shows your standard Pokémon Go trainer standing on what appears to be a makeshift arena, like what you would see in the core games or anime when one trainer battles another. This could be a tease for battles against NPC trainers, but the more likely conclusion to jump to is it’s a tease for players versus player battles – something that has been conspicuously absent from Pokémon Go since its release in 2016.
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When the game originally launched, players (and I include myself in this group) were flabbergasted that Pokémon Go game did not have trading and battling. They are major components of the series, after all. It was odd, but for me trading was really the only thing I wanted. I am personally not interested in battling other Pokémon Go trainers, but if this is in fact what Niantic is teasing, it’s definitely a big deal and something that is long overdue for the game.