A lot of people around the world are feeling left out of the global phenomenon that is Pokémon Go. After taking the U.S. by storm, Canadians expected the game to be launched in their country as well.
- Pokémon Go was finally rolled out in Canada on Sunday afternoon
- Nintendo’s market cap was boosted by an impressive $7.5 billion thanks to the game
- At least 6 percent of Android users downloaded the game prior to the official launch
Their wish came true as people of all ages set out to “catch ‘em all!” Huddled in small groups over their smartphones, Canadians are now in alleyways, on streets, and in front of buildings, excitedly punching the buttons on their phones and making sure they get all the Pokémons they can.
If you’re confused about Pokémon Go or you don’t have any idea what all this is about, you’ve probably been living on another planet over the last week or have just woken from a deep coma.
Go, which has increased Nintendo’s market cap by an impressive $7.5 billion in just a few days, is the latest augmented reality game that put the ’90 game back into the spotlight. By using an internet connection and your GPS data, the game has been brought into the real world.
Nostalgic players and new adepts are running with their phones in their hands from one location to another, catching curious digital monsters and other collectibles. The players – called “trainers” – can also battle with others in special “gyms.”
Before the Sunday rollout, Canada felt rather left out as the game had initially been launched in a hefty list of countries. But even though it made them feel like an afterthought, the slight didn’t deter gamers.
According to recent reports, at least 6 percent of Android phones in Canada had figured out how to download Go prior to the official rollout. With location spoof workarounds, desperate Canadian players got onto Go, ignoring warnings about potential malware.
But that was nothing compared to the flood of downloads that followed the official launch on Sunday afternoon. An hour after the release, Canada promptly crashed the Go servers. The craze continues with throngs of young adults running around the streets, heads buried in their phones’ screens.
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