After more than a week long of silence, Niantic Labs has finally announced the launch of "Pokemon Go" game in new regions.
The popular augmented-reality game was last released in Hong Kong on July 25. Now, it has been made available in 23 Latin American regions covering from Mexico to Chile down south and all surrounding islands including French Guinea and Falkland Islands.
"Central and South America - Break out the sneakers and Poké Balls, and get ready to explore the world around you. We are excited to officially be putting Pokémon GO in the hands of our Latin American fans, visitors, and the Olympic athletes in Rio!," the company said on the Facebook.
The list of newly added official regions where "Pokemon Go" has been activated include Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
When will "Pokemon Go" come to India, China, Singapore and other Asian regions?
Last month, Niantic Labs head John Hanke had revealed that the company has chalked out plans to release "Pokemon Go" in around 200 countries.
But the popularity of the AR-game was such that it revealed how unprepared Niantic Labs and Nintendo were to handle such a huge number of players. They could not handle the servers in 38 odd regions.
Their public relation nightmare did not stop there, as the new update, especially the iOS version, reset the trainers' progress and many angry players took to social media to pan the company.
Last Monday, the company released a new update v1.1.1 to fix the issue. Since then they have scaled up their server infrastructure across all regions and so far there have been no complaints from users.
Now, the company has to shift focus on releasing the AR-game in Asia. Except Japan and Hong Kong, rest of the regions are yet to be covered.
"Pokemon Go" is now active in 61 countries. We believe the company, having learnt valuable lessons, will take some time to make sure they have enough infrastructure to maintain the servers as Asian regions such as India, South Korea, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan have a huge population of gamers. One can expect the AR-game to arrive in newer regions of Asia by the end of August or early September.
If they botch this again, they will have serious repercussion as the "Pokemon Go" craze has already started to fade in some regions including the U.S.
According to Survey Monkey, the AR-game hit peak in the country on July 14 with active users clocking at 25 million, but since then it has come down.
As of now, there is no official word on when the "Pokemon Go" will be released in new Asian regions.
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