China Bans Pokemon GO
In light of potential security risks, China is calling a moratorium on Pokemon GO coming to the Middle Kingdom. Yes, it appears we'll have to make do with lackluster knockoff City Elves Go and fetching live animals with our mouths like this kid.
According to Reuters, "risks include the "threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers", a games panel of the China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association, which is governed by the censor body, said in a posting on its website."
However, while the game certainly has been linked to accidents and deaths and weirdos like this, we suspect the "threat to geographical information security" is viewed as the bigger risk. Forbes reports:
"It's hardly surprising that the Chinese government is nervous about foreign companies and governments having access to any more geographical data than they already have, even if it is wrapped up in a
game. After all, relies heavily on Google Maps to work, which is blocked in China to begin with."
We suspect they weren't crazy about the fact that it was made by Japan either.