China Bans Pokemon GO and Similar Games, Cites Security Risks

by Martin 0

Pokemon GO was one of the biggest things to happen in 2016 with the game taking the world by storm pretty much overnight. But it looks like the biggest mobile game of 2016 won’t be making its way to China after all as the Chinese government has decided to ban the game as well as other similar augmented reality mobile games.


According to the Chinese government, AR location-based games such as Pokemon GO and countless Chinese clones pose a security risk to the safety of players and that the games will remain banned until the “potential security risks have been evaluated”. China’s Digital Publishing Association has cited one of the risks as the “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.”

There have been several cases in the past where Pokemon GO players were injured, hit by cars, or robber while playing the game. As the game pretty much forces you to stare at the screen while walking in your attempt to catch any Pokemon you encounter as you walk, it does have the potential to put you into a dangerous spot or situation.

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Whether the Pokemon GO’s developer, Niantic, has any plans to respond or adjust the game to deal with these issues and concerns is unknown but is highly unlikely as the game isn’t facing similar restrictions in other countries.