Pokemon Go global launch halted; demand overwhelms Niantic's servers
posted by Alan F. / Jul 09, 2016, 3:41 PM
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.
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 ._.
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 4:26 PM 6
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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.
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 4:59 PM 1
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still better than those who wasting several grands for rainbow knife and other virtual weapon, lol
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 8:02 PM 5
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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.
posted on Jul 10, 2016, 6:22 AM 0
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It's only popular because it involves pokemon, if was was 4 pics 1 word app related to pokemon it would also get popular
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 7:21 PM 4
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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)
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 8:09 PM 3
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.
posted on Jul 10, 2016, 1:11 PM 0
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.
posted on Jul 10, 2016, 1:31 PM 0
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