Colombo, Dec 15 (NIA) – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and a number of other South Asian countries can now download the Pokemon Go game, which some believed to be a security risk, after Niantic officially launched the mobile app in a number of countries in the region on Tuesday.
Niantic apologized to gamers in India, Sri Lanka and other countries in the region, stating that the reason for the delay in the game’s release for these countries was due mostly to “administrative challenges,” that it had to sort out in order to provide the best experience for players.
“To our Trainers in India — we appreciate your patience during the last few months while we worked on bringing Pokémon Go to your country,” the developer wrote in a blog post on December 13. “The Niantic team had to resolve a few administrative challenges before launching in order to ensure we could provide the best experience possible.”
Although Pokémon fans in Bhutan and Sri Lanka may be a little late to the party, that doesn’t mean they’ll have to contend with those who have full rosters of 2.5K dragonites and arcanines. There should be a swathe of fresh gyms to take over, as well as plenty of new Pokéstops to explore. Indeed Niantic has been securing an ever-expanding roster of partnerships with retailers and local institutions to tie in with the game and has just announced a partnership with Indian brand, Reliance Jio. To that end, 3,000 Jio stores and locations around India will act as Pokéstops and gyms right from the initial launch.
“This is a good time of year to join in the fun, too, as no doubt there will be a number of enjoyable events taking place over the holiday period. Any new Pokémasters in the South Asian region have until December 29 to catch that Christmas Pikachu, so if you’ll be wandering the neighborhoods there, keep your eyes peeled.”
(With inputs from Digital Trends)