Pokémon Go fans in China may miss out on joining the phenomenon, as mandated by the Chinese government. Reuters reports that China’s state censor reviewed Niantic’s mobile app and find the game to be a huge threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.
The panel expressed concerns for security risks as well to the game’s use of geographic information, potentially leading players into territory that’s off-limits to the general public.
Prompted by "a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people's lives and property," the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television is coordinating with other government departments to evaluate the game's risks, an industry body explained.
Since the game’s release, Pokemon Go has been blamed for numerous incidents thanks to players distracted while playing. In recent months, users have been involved with car accidents, muggings, or come into contact with dead bodies.
Several Chinese companies are developing similar augmented reality games that use location-based services. As a result, devs are seeking counsel from the panel to discover what changes need to be made in order to get their games licensed.