Finally the wait is over for many Pokémon Go devotees in Asia, as the smash sensation game is live in 15 new countries in the continent.
The new list includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.
Pokémon Go Goes Live in 15 More Countries in Asia, Except for India and China
A key extension in Asia has been projected for some time. But three noticeable countries not on the list are India, Korea and China.
In India where smartphone sales are rising in double-digital percent amongst its 1.2 billion population, it isn’t evident what is holding the takeoff.
China, a massive gaming market for mobile, regulations and the game’s dependence on Google Maps are the encounters hindering the launch.
Niantic CEO John Hanke said that security matters with Google Maps in Korea, another profitable place for mobile games have delayed the launch. Though it is illegally available in some parts of the country.
Pokémon Go originally launched in the U.S. on July 6. Before after rolling out to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe later. Japan, the home of Pokémon, became its first inauguration country on July 21. It postponed after launch details leaked out. And the game made it to Hong Kong four days later. It has also hurled in Brazil, where the Olympics are presently being held.
Lately the game passed 100 million downloads mark. In the U.S., its upsurge is being attributed with amplifying sales of movable smartphone battery backups.
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, the game slits for many users during ultimate times. It aspects like profitable income growth has slow down. Niantic dismayed many gamers recently when it obstructed third-party tracking apps.