Pokemon Go launches in Singapore

Pokemon Go launches in Singapore

The game, which brings the 20-year-old franchise into the real world via augmented reality, allows players to walk around the streets while attempting to catch virtual Pokemon they see on their smartphone screens.

SINGAPORE: The long-awaited Pokemon Go mobile game launched in the city-state on Saturday (Aug 6), after more than a month of waiting.

As of Saturday morning, the mobile application can be downloaded from both Apple and Google Play stores, according to an announcement on the game's official Facebook page.


The game was first available in New Zealand and Australia on Jul 6, before being released in the US hours later. Over in Asia, Pokemon Go was launched in Japan - the birthplace of its creation - on Jul 22. It is the first country in Asia to have the game, followed by Hong Kong, which was available for download on Jul 25.

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The game, which brings the 20-year-old franchise into the real world via augmented reality, allows players to walk around the streets while attempting to catch virtual pokemon they see on their smartphone screens.

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Gotta catch 'em all: Aspiring Pokemon trainers in Singapore are now able to catch Pokemon all around the island. (Photo: Alvin Chong)

Pokemon first appeared on the streets on Singapore on Jul 6, before access was limited to players in New Zealand and Australia a few hours later. Servers came back online again Jul 11, but this time gamers could only try to catch Pokemon for an hour before the streets were empty again.

Despite launching to much excitement - the game's popularity was a double-edged sword as servers failed to keep up with the number of players joining the service. The game was also hit with privacy concerns, after an earlier version of the game required users to give Pokemon Go full access to their Google account.

Source: CNA/av/xk

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