Date
26 September 2017
The Thai franchisee of Pokemon GO has asked its developer to withdraw certain areas from the game as a saefty measure. Photo: IBT
The Thai franchisee of Pokemon GO has asked its developer to withdraw certain areas from the game as a saefty measure. Photo: IBT

Thailand declares no-go zones for Pokémon GO

Thailand has declared key places such as the Royal Palace grounds, Buddhist temples and hospitals off limits to Pokémon GO players.

Reuters is reporting that the Thai licensee of the Japanese online craze has asked its developer to withdraw certain locations including government buildings and private areas from the game.

“We agree that we should withdraw some places that could be dangerous such as roads, walkways, riverside and other important places from the game,” Takorn Tantasith, secretary general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC), said.

The announcement came after NBTC met with five telecoms operators to discuss safety measures.

Pokémon GO, which marries a classic 20-year-old franchise with augmented reality, has become an instant hit globally.

Using mobile devices, players search for virtual Pokemon characters that appear to pop up at office spaces, restaurants, museums and other places.

But the game has been blamed for a rash of car accidents and a slew of mishaps stemming from distracted players.

The regulator will also discuss the possibility of limiting playing time in Thailand, Takorn said, adding that all operators will distribute manuals about how to play online games safely, warnings and how to buy items in games.

Thailand is one of the fastest growing mobile game markets in Southeast Asia thanks to the rising popularity of smartphones and the recent launch of high-speed 4G mobile services.

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