Pokemon Go is the latest craze! Its huge success and popularity surpassed everyone’s expectations, producers and users, alike. Countries around the world are eager for the game to become available for them too, and recently, fifteen more states have received what they wished for.
Extremely popular Pokemon Go became available for users in fifteen more countries of the world, most of them in Asia. Developers at Niantic are proud of their new achievement, and also pleased about making the fans of the game happy.
The new fifteen regions of the world where everyone can play Pokemon Go are the following: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau.
On the one hand, there are countries that look forward to the game being available for them too, and, on the other hand, there are countries that are not that much fond of the app. China and Russia are one of the greatest states in the world, and they are concerned about the game affecting their national security. However, the big surprise comes from Iran: the first country in the world to actually forbid the game, on national security grounds, as well.
Nevertheless, Pokemon Go enthusiasts should be careful while playing the game. It might have its advantages, like being fun and entertaining, plus the developers’ aim of making people walk more, but the negative sides of the apparently innocent app have emerged too. Several incidents have been reported to authorities, regarding Pokemon Go players: there have been car accidents, trespassing cases, showing disrespect towards public, cultural places, even robbery.
What’s more, Police in Singapore made a public announcement towards all Pokemon catchers out there: they shouldn’t play alone, on the streets, because they may put themselves in danger. Officials also warn of the potential danger of Pokestops (places where players can recharge the balls and find other useful items):
“There could be potential criminals who may seek the opportunity to lure victims to their fake Pokéstops.”
All in all, this past weekend was a great period for both game developers and fans of the app: Pokemon Go is now on the Play Store of fifteen more countries.
Since its release, Pokemon Go brought considerable amounts of money to game developers, at Niantic.
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