Pokémon Go was a phenomenon when it first launched, and it remains a significant part of the mobile gaming market. People in China haven’t been able to get in on the action, though, and “potential security risks” are keeping it and other augmented reality games from being licensed in the region.
According to a report on Reuters, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television is currently working with other parts of the government to evaluate aspects of the game that have been deemed potential security risks.
A censor body-governed games panel of the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association highlighted a few of these risks, including the “threat to geographical information security” and the “threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.”
Of course, we’ve seen how some of these security concerns have played out domestically, especially in the early days of Go‘s life as an active app. Remember how many stories were bouncing around about muggings, auto accidents, trespassing, and so on? Yeah, China isn’t too keen on any of that stuff.
China also isn’t keen on Google Maps, which is blocked in China and is an integral aspect of Pokémon Go‘s functionality.
Developer Niantic didn’t have much to say when Kotaku contacted them, other than the fact that they’re “focused elsewhere at the moment.”
Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.