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Comeback for Pokémon Go

Mobile based augmented reality video game by Nintendo has become an instant hit

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 12 2016 1:42PM | Updated Date: Jul 12 2016 2:11PM

Comeback for Pokémon Go

For many, Pokémon Go was a dream-come true when it made a comeback as a game. This mobile based game which has taken the world by storm is based on the classic Nintendo hit where you actually find Pokémon by going around in the real world.


This game has been an inspiration for many comics, movies and series on television. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality (AR) game created by the partnership of Software Company Nintendo, game developer Niantic and The Pokémon Company responsible for licensing the Pokémon franchise.


This game is available for Android and iOS users in the US, Australia and New Zealand. It allows you to walk around the neighborhood to collect the augmented reality Pokémon by overlaying virtual images over the real world in your phone.


Nintendo has managed to collect a whopping $7.5 billion in merely two days. It has been downloaded around 7.5 million times in the US from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.


To play this game, you’re expected to walk around and keep checking your smartphone for the next Pokémon which can be caught. The game also sends notifications when you’re in the vicinity of one of these Pokémon and will direct you to various locations to search for them. These are called Pokestops, and play a huge role in the progress of your game as they can help you restock critical items such as Pokeballs, healing Potions for your Pokémon etc.


But now, concerns regarding privacy and security have started surfacing. While signing in, this game asks for certain permissions for full access to a player's Google, including Gmail and every other detail that you have saved on Google's servers. Niantic serves and people accessing it can peep into all your data including email, Drive, search history, Photos and other private content.


Both companies have acknowledged the problem and issued a response according to which, Google will soon reduce Pokémon Go’s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon Go needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves. While the game may have worked wonders for both companies, Niantic and Nintendo, nothing is above a security concern.