Over a month after the game’s release, only those living under a rock are left unaware that Pokémon Go has become the world’s biggest craze in just a matter of weeks. The Augmented Reality (AR) smartphone app has invited millions around the world to answer the call of becoming a Pokémon master and realizing the game’s mantra – “Catch ’em all!” However, while Pokémon Go has gone on to become one of the most successful apps in the history of smartphone gaming, it has certainly not been without its negative press and criticisms.
Car accidents, armed robberies, and numerous accounts of trespassing are just a small handful of notable stories circulating the web after the games successful release. Millions of players around the world are thoroughly enjoying this brand new experience from Niantic and The Pokémon Company, but there are some without their heads buried in their phones citing the app as a bit of a nuisance. Even a step further, it appears as though the game’s creators could be facing legal action.
After numerous accounts of trespassing, it appears as though the creators behind smartphone game Pokémon Go could be facing numerous lawsuits (as reported by Polygon and ABC 10 News Hollywood). New Jersey and California may be two states thousands of miles apart, but it appears as though Niantic and The Pokémon Company could see similar lawsuits filed by residents of both coasts, each for similar reasons.
In New Jersey, a man is suing the makers of Pokémon Go after discovering his residence is a hotspot for the augmented reality creatures. Additionally, a Hollywood condominium facing a similar issue is also looking to rectify the situation. Upon discovery that the condominium is a nest for some rare Pokémon, players have since flocked to the residential area. What used to be a quiet slice of paradise is now overrun with hundreds of daily visitors looking to locate and capture rare creatures. However, it should be noted that the condominium association has yet to take any legal action, as they are hoping the issue can be dealt with, preferably without having to issue any lawsuits.
Lawsuits might be new for Pokémon Go, but complaints pertaining to trespassing and unacceptable, and at times illegal behavior are not. As a game such as Pokémon Go is – at least to this magnitude – still a new concept for most people, some users have yet to fully realize that this app is a real world game with real world consequences. The creators behind the viral success are responsible for placing creatures in residential neighborhoods, but the act of trespassing is fully up to the discretion of the user.
In the case of the Hollywood condominium, Pokémon Go players are staying off of private property, and, for the most part, are not doing anything illegal. However, there are accounts of public urination and intoxication. Without players actually partaking in illegal activity, local police officers claim that there is simply nothing they can do. Still, complaints of loud noises and general disturbances at late hours are a continuing problem for residents of the Hollywood condo.
Pokémon GO is available now for both iOS and Android mobile devices.