Pokemon Go officially in India; RJio brings game with Niantic

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on December 13, 2016

A man uses a mobile phone in front of an advertisement board bearing the image of Pokemon Go at an electronic shop in Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Reliance stores, other select premises to be ‘PokéStops’ or ‘Gyms’ in the game

Indian users no longer will have to play pirated versions of the popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go. Five months after it was released globally, Pokemon Go will be officially launched in India on Wednesday.

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has partnered with Niantic Inc. to bring the game to India. “With this partnership, thousands of Reliance Digital Stores and select partner premises in India will appear as ‘PokéStops’ or ‘Gyms’ in the Pokémon GO game beginning Wednesday,” the telecom operator said in a statement.

For the uninitiated, Pokemon Go is an Augmented Reality (AR) game in which players must physically wander in real-world locations in the quest of Pokémon characters. When it was launched, there were reports of how Pokémon Go was getting blamed for everything — accidents, children going missing, data privacy issues, and criminals luring unsuspecting individuals to rob them. The Mumbai Police had also sent out a cautionary notice to not make it a cause of accidents while playing it on city roads. Several marketers jumped onto the bandwagon, luring users to buy movie tickets or restaurant coupons.

The rage is gauged by the fact that nearly 500 million downloads have happened globally. “With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pokémon GO officially in India on the Reliance Jio network,” said Mathew Oommen, President Reliance Jio.

“Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokémon GO app, but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio’s mobile broadband network.”

John Hanke, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Niantic, said: “It’s exciting to see Pokémon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokémon”

On Jio’s social messaging app, JioChat, Pokémon players have access to an exclusive Pokémon Go Channel. The Pokémon Go Channel will enable Pokémon Go players to collaborate and be part of a community of players with daily tips, contests, clues, and special events.

Published on December 13, 2016
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