The Netherlands intends to take legal action against Pokemon Go developer Niantic. The American company is blamed for crowding protected beaches with Pokemon and drawing overwhelming numbers of players among tourists. Although the company has been contacted during the summer, the Netherlands didn’t get an answer.
Niantic, the Pokemon Go developer, gained large amounts of money due to its latest product, which took over the players around the world. Netherlands was no exception, as enthusiasts players took over the places which abounded in Pokemon. As protected beaches got more and more crowded, Dutch authorities felt the need to interfere.
According to official information, the Dutch authorities first contacted Niantic in August. They wanted to solve the problem of their beaches getting crowded because of Pokemon Go players attracted by the density of cartoon-like characters. This was the situation of Kijkduin beaches, located in the South of Hague. The beaches are protected because of the dunes, and they can’t deal with the enormous number of tourists which visit them every day.
However, the Dutch officials didn’t get an answer from the Pokemon Go developer. They are still worried about the damages that such a large number of tourists can bring to the protected beaches. This is why they decided to sue the company.
Another plan of the Dutch authorities is to reduce the potential risks brought by Pokemon Go users in protected areas. This is why they intend to impose a new timetable when Pokemon should be available for players. The plan is that the characters should be let out only between 7 am and 11 pm, which is a reasonable time interval.
The new regulations aim to protect both the areas and the residents. Authorities still invite tourists to enjoy the beautiful beaches, but also to be aware of their behavior.
Niantic is in charge of adding pokestops everywhere around the world. The same officials are also in charge with withdrawing such sites if things go wrong. This is the case of protected beaches in the Netherlands, but it seems like no response from the company has come yet.
Important historical places around the world have also asked for permission not to feature Pokemon. Some of them are in Poland, Japan, and Cambodia, and are related to the memory of victims of war, genocides and other similar historical and cultural events. In addition to this, Iran is also the first state in the world to ban the game over national security issues.
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