Pokémon Go is slowly making its way into Asia. Japan and Hong Kong have had the game released. Rumors of the game being released in Singapore have also swirled on Twitter, as a fake account made a false announcement of the game’s release.
Singapore may ban the game, and the country has announced that they’ll be monitoring the game’s impact on society and may issue guidelines against the game as a result.
India, Malaysia and Thailand are still waiting for the game’s release.
Nepal, Thailand, India and Singapore enthusiasm for Pokémon Go’s release is on the rise, according to reports. But the game has been geo-blocked in many countries.
India has major regions where the game is geo-blocked, disallowing players to use the game in these regions. Northern and western regions of the country have partial geo-blocks in place that allow players to play the game in limited areas. Metropolitan cities are blocked, too, to prevent potential injuries.
Servers in India were down on Tuesday, and players in Dhaka and Chittagong, both in Bangladesh, have found new restrictions put in place. Players in central India are under a geo-block and major hubs in South India, Chennai and Bengaluru, are both under a geo-block.
Maldives players have been blocked from playing in the capital city of Male, but the game is accessible in the southern region of the country.
China’s strict blocking issues have caused players to use VPNs to log into Japanese servers and play. Reports that the players are “exploiting connections for their own childish agendas” have been released.
Forbes broke the news that Niantic CEO John Hanke told users on Reddit that Pokémon Go “is technically possible, but difficult to introduce due to many hurdles, or should I say regulations we’d have to clear to get it to users” in China.
Players have caused an uptick in battery charger sales. Best Buy in New York City sold out of external charges on July 14. Major retailers also reported that their shelves were empty or stock levels were low for portable charges and batteries, as Pokémon Go players have gobbled up stock.
Thailand will have Pokémon Go released in September. A definite date has not been announced. True Corp told reporters that they will have the only license in Thailand for Pokémon content.
Thailand is one of the fastest-growing mobile markets in Asia.
True reaffirmed that the game will be free to play in Thailand. Nintendo will be responsible for the release date, which has yet to be set.
Nintendo has not revealed if geo-blocking will be in place in Thailand. Bangkok’s busy streets are a concern for players that have blindly walked into traffic playing the game. Gamers in the United States have been hit by automobiles while walking across the street trying to catch characters on their phone.
One man in Baltimore, Maryland crashed into a parked police vehicle when playing. Another man drove off of the road and into a tree while playing Pokémon Go. No news on potential restrictions in Thailand have been reported.