Pokemon Go Will Likely Be Blocked in China Until Further Notice
Given China’s recent edict that The New York Times’ app be removed from the Chinese App Store, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the country is looking into blocking the popular Pokemon Go app from the App Store as well, citing the idea that it might be “dangerous.”
The Chinese state sensor has stated that augmented reality games of the source won’t, in fact, be licensed until their “potential security risks” have been adequately assessed. Reuters has the full report on the store, where the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has states that there is a “high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people’s lives and property” when it comes to the popular Pokemon game.
As a result, it won’t be allowing the game to be licensed in the territory and it will block fans from purchasing the game. The concerns about danger are slightly correct when it comes to individuals who have lost their lives due to overzealous players who weren’t paying attention or those who simply became injured when they were horsing around with the app and exhibiting no concern for others than themselves.
But more importantly is the country’s idea that there could be issues with national security since it utilizes Google Maps to track locations of users, which raises eyebrows when it comes to Chinese officials. Unfortunately, that’s the heart and soul of Pokemon Go, and the way it must operate in order to be played. It remains to be seen what will happen in the future for the game in the country, but it’s likely players just won’t be able to access it, unfortunately. A representative for Niantic told Kotaku that the company is “focused elsewhere at the moment,” so it doesn’t seem like a top priority for the brand.