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Monday, July 25, 2016, 17:27

Pokémon a go in HK

By chinadailyasia.com

Pokémon a go in HK – but fans should beware real monsters

Pokémon a go in HK
Fans get a first-day taste for Pokémon Go in Hong Kong on July 25, 2016 . (Provided to China Daily)

Pokémon Go, a location-based augmented reality mobile game that is sweeping the world, is now officially available in Hong Kong.

Despite safety concerns, Pokémon fans have been out in force, rushing to various crowded spots in the city to try to catch the beloved monsters.

Hong Kong is the second city in Asia to allow access to the game after the release in Japan last Friday.

The game is based on the animated TV series Pokémon, a name derived from “pocket monsters”. It is an old favorite dating back to the childhood days of the post-80 generation around the world in the late 1990s.

It has also revived the world-famous Game Boy versions of Pokémon, created by Japanese gaming corporation Nintendo.

Pokémon a go in HK

Eyes glued to Pokémon Go in Hong Kong on July 25, 2016. (Provided to China Daily)

By following Google Maps via the game, people can hunt for Pokémon in the city. They are also able to battle the creatures with other players.

The game was developed by US-based company Niantic, a software developer founded as an internal startup at Google and best known for developing the augmented reality mobile games Ingress and Pokémon Go.

It generated huge popularity right after its launch in the US, Australia and New Zealand on July 6. It has since been released in most parts of Europe, including Britain, Germany and France.

However, the game has met with a mixed response over safety concerns. There are reports of traffic accidents that occurred due to the game being played, while two men in the US reportedly fell off a cliff while playing Pokémon Go earlier this month.

The game could also leave its players vulnerable to criminals. There have been reports across the world of players targeted by criminals and being assaulted or robbed after their arrival at stops designated by the game developer.

Pokémon a go in HK
Facts and figures on the Pokemon Go craze. (Photo / AFP)

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