Some of the players have been dreamed of the day when they would be able to buy a Pokeball with real money ever since they were kids.
In Japan, Pokemon Go was launched two weeks after its official roll out, in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. The app now features on top of the list with the most downloaded apps of all times in the U.S. and Europe.
However, the game is expected to sweep Japan too as the country is ranked as one of the top mobile phone gaming markets on the planet.
The app, which is developed by the U.S.-based Niantic Inc, uses augmented reality technology to make gamers feel that Pokemon monsters spawn in their real-world environments. You can now see armies of Pokemon Go users roaming on the streets trying to capture rare pokemons.
Niantic CEO John Hanke acknowledged that the company’s initial goal was to get people out of their homes and exercise more. The game is also designed to help players interact more as after a certain level they need to team up to continue the hunt.
The company declined to attach some numbers to the Pokemon Go craze, but it is evident that the app is tremendously popular all around the world. For the U.S. alone, analysts project that the franchise will produce $4 billion in revenue every year.
In fact, the game is so popular, that state and local authorities are concerned that it may lead to accidents. For instance, police officers warn that thieves can lure Pokemon Go players in remote locations to deprive them of their possessions.
Drivers playing the game have already caused accidents, while people all over the world have trespassed private property in their hunt for collectibles. For example, in the Muslim world trainers were caught hunting pokemons in mosques, while in Bosnia a group of players stepped into a minefield.
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