China bans Pokemon Go, similar AR games, on grounds of security

Seems like the biggest mobile gaming hit of 2016 won't be making its way to China, as the Chinese government has taken a firm stand against the location-based monster catching game as well as similar AR mobile experiences. China's reasoning? That such pose a threat to the lives of players.

As you probably already know by know, Pokemon Go tasks you with walking around the real world in order to catch virtual critters dubbed Pokemon. As such, it can potentially lead you into a dangerous situation without you noticing since your eyes are glued to the screen. A lot of people will agree, while many others won't. Either way, if you recall, there was a myriad of reports shortly after the game's launch spanning from people being hit by cars or robbed while playing the game, to particularly grim cases, such as that of a girl who allegedly stumbled upon a dead body while looking for pocket monsters to catch.

In any case, the Chinese government won't be changing its mind until the “potential security risks have been evaluated.” Some of said risks include the “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers,” says China's Digital Publishing Assosiation.

An evaluation of the risks of AR location-based games in China has been allegedly prompted by the countless Pokemon Go clones on Android created by Chinese software developers.

Whether Niantic will take any measures to make its game more “secure” for the world's top smartphone market remains to be seen. We'd bet on “no”.

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source: Reuters



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Good. Sick of hearing Nintendo related news

2. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Sony fans are as passionate as ever I see....

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Doesn't really have anything to do with being a Sony fan

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why do you dislike Nintendo? I used to be avid Nintendo fan but lately its a bit of meh..

11. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I grew up with Sega, preferred it over Nintendo :p

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Good riddance.

5. civicsr2cool

Posts: 277; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

The game died 6 months ago, they aren't missing out on anything.

6. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Im not surprised.

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

China...Lol.. what a country

8. matistight

Posts: 1015; Member since: May 13, 2009

I feel like China's government thinks like a tweaker that thinks their phone is being hacked. Like no one cares, worry about more important things.

9. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

If its cool or fun China will ban it.

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