Here's why Pokémon Go isn't available in your country yet

Is the augmented-reality game too popular for its own good? We say yes

Pokémon Go has captured the interest of the world, and now it seems the augmented-reality mobile game from developer Niantic Labs and Nintendo has become too popular for its own good.

The always-online game, which is currently the most-downloaded and top-grossing app in U.S., has proved so popular that it has caused sign-up difficulties and server outages, leaving many players frustrated and miffed at not being able to play it some more.

But it turns out the biggest impact of Pokémon Go’s meteoric rise to fame and fortune — think $1.6 million per day in the U.S. App Store alone, according to one analyst — will be felt by those who are still waiting to play it.

Speaking to Business Insider, Niantic CEO John Hanke said the international release of Pokémon Go has been “paused until we’re comfortable.” That means folks outside Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. will have to wait indefinitely before living out their dreams of becoming a pokemon trainer in the real world.

We feel you, Pikachu

Of course, launch-day hiccups are nothing new to online games, but Hanke says the number of people playing the game was much higher than they anticipated. “We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve,” he added.

That’s rather unsettling hear, especially since Go is one of the most promising titles to bear the Pokémon license in recent years — and it’s free-to-play and available on both the iPhone and Android. And then there’s this promo reel that made our hair stand on end.

Niantic releases official statement on Pokémon Go global rollout

It looks as if we’ll have to wait a long time before Go reaches a global audience. But it may be worth the wait once it matures a bit, like a pokémon evolving into a powerful new form.

Regardless, we highly advise you against getting it from an unofficial source, as doing so may cause you more headache than you’re willing to deal with.

For the curious and daring, our sources in Malaysia and Indonesia tell us the game is working fine in their respective countries. Some people in the U.K. have reported the same thing after manually installing it onto their Android devices. If you’ve had the same luck, do let us know in the comments below.

Source: Business Insider

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  • Homs July 11, 2016   Reply →

    Not working here in Philippines..

  • jan michael July 14, 2016   Reply →

    yeah not working in the Philippines.

  • z30 July 14, 2016   Reply →

    plz allow pokemon go in the philippines…

  • PocketGo July 15, 2016   Reply →

    Perfectly working in Philippines, it depends on the android version to work 4.4.4 version etc

  • Shibopriyo Das July 15, 2016   Reply →

    Pls launch it in India

  • Daryl Nogoy July 15, 2016   Reply →

    #ATM playing Pokemon GO in Philippines using mock locations.

  • Sreejith July 15, 2016   Reply →

    Working fine in India.

  • Samir Momin July 16, 2016   Reply →

    Working in india. But vry hard to find pikachu

  • mukesh July 16, 2016   Reply →

    Works fine in India. Plz launch it here

  • Neil July 16, 2016   Reply →

    Why wont they launch the pokemon go here in Philippines?! Like why John Hanke the CEO of Niantic is not comfortable launching the pokemon go in Asia. What’s wrong? Ugh…. This isn’t fun anymore

    • Jonathan July 18, 2016   Reply →

      Did you even read the freaking post?

  • Domz July 17, 2016   Reply →

    Working Fine in India

  • Kim July 17, 2016   Reply →

    Plzz allow it in phill.
    Im super fan of pokemon.

  • Alec Heesacker July 18, 2016   Reply →

    Not here within the country side for Android. 🙁

  • July July 19, 2016   Reply →

    Pls do launch the Pokemon go here n the Philippines gamers are dying for this game to be out in store!!!we can’t really wait!!! Pls… Niantich corp.

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