In a recent addition to COVID-19 Lockdown, the UK Police has banned playing Pokemon GO outdoors. Now, Pokemon GO is a ‘play from home’ game.
The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 has put the entire world into a lockdown. People have been forced to stay at home and practice social distancing in order to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. While countries like India have imposed a 21-day lockdown for its citizens, there are countries that are shutting down everything possible. In a recent addition to the measures taken to tackle COVID-19, the police officials in the UK have put a lockdown on playing Pokemon GO outdoors. Weird, but true! Coronavirus is making the world go crazy.
Highlights! Coronavirus brings Pokemon GO, dinosaur and other magical creatures home.
- UK police have imposed restrictions on playing Pokemon GO outdoors.
- Niantic Labs has made new changes in Pokemon GO to make it a ‘play from home’ game.
- Pokemon GO has seen a high surge in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UK imposes a lockdown on Pokemon GO
Amid the lockdown imposed in the UK due to COVID-19, the police officials in Stevenage stopped a man who was out playing Pokemon GO. It sounds bizarre, but it’s true. The police officers in Southern England stopped a man on his vehicle and asked him to stay at home as the popular video game didn’t qualify as essential travel. The Stevenage Police shared the information about the incident through its official twitter handle.
However, this isn’t the first instance of Pokemon GO landing people into trouble during the pandemic. On 23rd March, the police officers in Madrid handed a ticket to a 77-year-old man for playing Pokemon GO outdoors during the lockdown in Spain. The tweet shared in Spanish meant;
“Hunting Pokemon, dinosaurs or any other magical creature is prohibited during the lockdown. Don’t make excuses and stay at home.”
Pokemon GO wow playing indoors
Following the coronavirus outbreak, Niantic Labs – the makers of Pokemon GO – have made it much easier for players to play the game while being indoors. The company is taking care of its fans amid this lockdown.
“The safety of our global player community is our top priority. COVID-19 is challenging us and the world to adjust.” – Niantic Labs
The revenue for the game has seen a sharp rise during the coronavirus pandemic. With people locked inside their homes, they are much more glued to the game. According to gamesindustry.biz, Pokemon GO has been enjoying its best few weeks during the lockdown.
Pokemon monsters in your home
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, Niantic Labs has made some new changes and added new features in the game. These new features will make it easier for players to collect Pokemon GO monsters while being inside their homes – a move in line with the efforts to battle COVID-19.
“As part of our commitment to player safety, we removed the walking requirement for GO Battle League globally to make it possible for Trainers everywhere to participate.” – Niantic Labs on the changes made in Pokemon GO
In a blog post, the Niantic team also told about the changes that have been made to the game’s GO Battle League.
“We reduced the walking requirements for GO Battle League from 3 km to zero and introduced deeply discounted Incense and Poke Balls so people can catch Pokemon without travelling far,” Niantic Labs explained.
With governments and organization across the world taking measures to fight COVID-19, the move to make Pokemon GO indoors was indeed necessary. Amid this crisis, it’s important that people stay locked inside. And Niantic Labs has made sure that people do so while also enjoying their favourite Pokemon GO.