The highly popular Augmented Reality game Pokemon Go has finally launched in Thailand on Saturday, along with 14 other countries in the Asia-Pacific.
The launching of Pokemon go in Thailand was sooner than expected. Earlier, True CEO Suphachai Chearavanont had scheduled the game’s launch in September.
“Gamers in 15 new countries and regions across Asia and Oceania can now officially download Pokemon Go from the Android Play Store or the Apple App Store,” the Bangkok Post quoted Niantic, the game’s developer, as saying in a statement.
“Trainers in 15 new countries and regions across Asia and Oceania can now officially download Pokemon GO from the Play Store or App Store,” Niantic, the game’s developer, announced on the website on Saturday.
Apart from Thailand, the countries and regions included in Saturday`s launch are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.
This game on Augmented Reality, uses GPS to track a player’s location and overlays “monsters” that can be hunted in that location on his mobile screen. The captured monsters can then be trained for battles.
In Thailand, there have been mixed responses from authorities on the news of its launch, the Bangkok Post said.
The Information and Communication Technology Ministry (ICT) earlier said it was considering regulating game playing.
However, the Tourism Ministry said it wanted to promote some sites by submitting them to the game’s developers in an attempt to attract larger groups of tourists to that areas.
On the other hand, the Culture Ministry said that the players might be so absorbed in the game that they act inappropriately or inadvertently and might cause damages to ancient places such as temples in their wake. It will send a letter to the Information and Communication Technology Ministry regarding the issue, the Bangkok Post noted.
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