08 June 2017
Ever since it's launch in July 2016, Pokemon Go has achieved an elite status among the games. It has been downloaded a hundred million times in over a hundred countries, and is one such game that has made its players walk for over 8.7 billion kilometres in search for Pokemon's. "Pokémon Go" is a location-based augmented reality game in which players must walk in real-life surroundings to capture virtual characters using their smartphone screens.
However the game has not yet received a go ahead in China, which is the world’s biggest smartphone and online gaming market. China’s state censor has refused to license "Pokémon Go" and other augmented reality games due to potential security risks.
The Chinese censor —the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television stated the following as a reason for not rolling out the game in the country.
“a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people's lives and property” and “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers”
The game has led to couple of road accidents as the players get too much involved looking at the smartphone screens searching for pokemon's that they forget to pay attention to their surroundings such as crossing a traffic signal. Then there have been data privacy concerns as well since it uses geolocation maps. The game in particular uses Google’s location-based services globally, which are banned in China.
However the Chinese authorities are coordinating with other government departments to evaluate the game’s risks. So stay tuned then!