China Blocks Pokemon GO and Others AR Games to Protect Information Security. As we know millions of Pokemon Go players are still trying to catch every Pokemon creature that the game has spread all over the world. But not in China.
The popular app is still not available in the region, and it might not launch anytime soon. Apparently, the country’s censoring body is still evaluating security risks related to Pokemon Go. And it’s not just Niantic’s hit iPhone and Android game that’s affected. Any other similar application that uses augmented reality (AR) might not be allowed in the country.
According to a report from Reuters, Chinese officials are worried about the security risks and logistical problems posed by titles that ask players to explore the real world in search of digital rewards.
In particular, censors are uneasy about some games’ reliance on the sending and receiving of geographical data — games like Pokemon Go, which courted controversy last year after it pulled players onto private property.
“[We have] a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people’s lives and property,” said a Chinese industry body.
The censor will now work with other government departments to evaluate the risks posed by AR titles, which reportedly include the “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.”
Niantic’s viral AR game is available almost everywhere else in the world, but China is still not taking part in the Pokemon Go phenomenon. That’s likely a major problem for Niantic, given that China is the biggest mobile market in the world and the largest online gaming market.