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Pokemon Go not coming to China due to security concerns

10 January 2017 6

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!



Pokemon Go not coming to China due to security concerns
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The danger of road accidents is also there. And this is the biggest concern locally speaking. I think it's the players who have to be more alert when playing such games. The game creators cannot be blamed for that.


The game has been phenomenal success and it'll be really hard for the Chinese fans to think of not playing the game. Bu the banning reasons are appropriate as well.


Yeah. Google's services are banned in China. So, allowing the game to be played there is out of question. The use of location-based service like maps, maybe, will not allow the game to be played there.


As soon as I read the title, the first thought that came to my mind was, how can a game prove to a reason for using such heavy words like "security concerns"? But it was only after reading the story that I came to know about the importance.


There was a time when the games were played so sportingly and without any real competition. It was just for fun. But the internet has changed so many things. Probably, 25 years back, no one might have even thought that a game might not get a green signal.

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