Pokemon Go global launch halted; demand overwhelms Niantic's servers

Pokemon Go global launch halted; demand overwhelms Niantic's servers
Did Team Rocket throw a wrench into Niantic's plan to continue the global launch of Pokemon Go? A tweet from the game developer announced yesterday that the global rollout of the AR game is being halted, presumably to allow Niantic to add additional servers. Pokemon Go players in the U.S. have already suffered through delays, lags and other issues caused by the heavy demand for the game.

Those who have already downloaded the game in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand can still play it, while those in the U.K., the Netherlands and other countries will have to wait to install the app. Niantic CEO John Hanke said that the halt will continue until the company feels that it has enough server capacity. The executive said that the company expected strong demand for the game, but never expected it to become a phenomenon. Pokemon Go took less than a full day to zoom to the top of the App Store charts. "We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve," Hanke said.

The executive added that Niantic is already adding server capacity. The lack of such capacity led Amazon CTO Werner Vogels to jokingly send a tweet to Niantic, offering the services of Amazon 's cloud-hosting service to keep the game afloat. So far, there is no estimate as to when the rollout of Pokemon Go will resume.


source: BusinessInsider

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15 Comments

2. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I have no idea why lame games like this and CoC are so popular and making billions of dollars. And those players call themselves gamer?? Pffft ._.

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Why are you calling such strategy games as 'lame'? If you cannot play them properly that doesn't make them lame for us!

4. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Clash of clans is an interesting concept. Start from nothing and build until you rival the top global players. A goal that keeps you playing but in the long run keeps you paying. I stopped playing because it got frustrating and the urge to buy gems is real. Supercell will milk you. I still play clash royale though. Multiplayer real time battle are fun.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

still better than those who wasting several grands for rainbow knife and other virtual weapon, lol

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Virtual weapons are just a waste either I know a few people who make decent money from betting/trading CS:GO weapons

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I can understand that many people play these games strictly without spending anything, but principles keep me away from supporting these glorified slot machine carrot on a stick type games. Sadly the world chooses otherwise and supports these guys instead of the true innovators in the gaming space.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It's only popular because it involves pokemon, if was was 4 pics 1 word app related to pokemon it would also get popular

14. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

ya because it's pretty cool at what it does and the type of game is perfect for pokemon series

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

hope they add tons of new feature ASAP, before the hype completely gone and people start leaving this game and make android wear app, so it can detect pokemon even if pokemon GO on your phone closed (to save some battery of course :P)

8. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Nintendo wanna sell their device though. Lol.

11. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

That android wear is already coming right?

15. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

trading and custom gyms are in the works.

10. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

The concept is very good. The game need the player keep active on open field to catch the monsters. This is the real adventure virtual game.

13. revampmybrain unregistered

While the game is lacking in features, and in battle strategy, it is still a fairly fun game just like ingress was. But what the hell was Niantic thinking? It is POKEMON, this brand is insanely huge, but it feels as though they prepared for it as if it was an indie game testing the waters. As for the twitter screencap, obviously no. For a new app with no reputation hitting the stores, it does not happen. But again, for a largely recognized brand like Pokemon, taking into account that people have been asking for a Pokemon app; practically begging for "real life" Pokemon for ages, yes it very much can happen.

16. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

serves seem to be asll smoothed out now. It's insane how many people are playing this game most likely more than any other game ATM. It's talked everywhere up and down on forums and social media. Pokemon main games sells 10+ million companies just in the first week or two Now how many people like pokemon that doesn't even own a3 DS? WAY MORE. I feel like server issues was expected. Battle strategy like the main game will never be a thing for this game as they want the battles be fast and simple. They don't want people standing on a corner for 10 minutes.

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