The Japanese Portal Livedoor News published an update by recalling that on July 22, 2021 in Japan, the fifth anniversary of the game launch for Smartphones Pokémon Go is fulfilled. «On this day of 2016, the game was launched in Japan. Using the location information, users can enjoy the world of "Pokémon" in the real world. Until November of last year, accumulated sales amounted to about 440 billions of yen. "
Pokémon Go is a game for Augmented Reality Smartphones (AR) developed and published by Niantic in collaboration with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company for iOS and Android devices. It uses mobile devices with GPS to locate, capture, train and fight against virtual creatures, calls Pokémon, as if they were at the location of the player in the real world. The game is free; It uses a freemium business model combined with local advertising and supports purchases within the application for additional games of the game. The game was launched with around 150 Pokémon species, which had increased to around 600 for 2020.
Pokémon Go was launched with mixed criticism; The critics praised the concept but criticized the technical problems. It was one of the most used and profitable mobile applications in 2016, having downloaded more than 500 million times all over the world at the end of the year. It is attributed to the popularization of AR and location-based technology, the promotion of physical activity and the growth of local companies due to the increase in pedestrian traffic. However, it generated controversy for contributing to accidents and creating public discomfort. Several governments expressed their concern for security and some countries regulate their use.
Source: Livedoor News
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