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  1. Pokemon Go comes to India; Reliance Jio & Niantic tie-up to bring the game here

Pokemon Go comes to India; Reliance Jio & Niantic tie-up to bring the game here

Your Pokemon are finally here even before you welcome the New Year. Pokemon Go, after much anticipation, has arrived in India almost half a year after it was officially launched.

By: | Published: December 13, 2016 5:49 PM
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Your Pokemon are finally here even before you welcome the New Year. The popular game, after much anticipation, has arrived in India almost half a year after it was officially launched. This has been possible after a partnership between network provider Reliance Jio and game developer Niantic. In the coup de maître announcement will eventually result in Reliance stores and its certain partners in India to become Pokemon Gyms and PokeStops. John Hanke, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Niantic said, “We are delighted to partner with Jio to launch Pokémon GO in India. It’s exciting to see Pokémon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokémon and Jio’s disruptive high-speed 4G LTE Network will be an excellent way to experience the game.”

Pokemon Go was launched on July 7 and became highly popular in hundreds of countries around the world, but it still was not available legally in Indian stores up until now. The game based on augmented reality comes from a very popular anime TV show Pokemon. The game uses geographical locations and places Pokemon characters all across different places in cities, especially landmarks. Any player with the game is supposed to walk around city areas and find Pokemon and catch them as and when they appear on the screen. Interestingly the characters are superimposed on they area your camera ‘sees’. Pokemon trainers are supposed to travel around the city and find Pokemon Stops to refuel and also fight at Pokemon Gyms so that they can take control of them to constitute the team.

In the beginning, you need to visit the Apple Store or for that matter for the Google brigade, the Android store. You can download the game free of cost. Pokemon is a Nintendo franchise that launched in the 1990s. Pokemon Go is the latest iteration of this franchise. But unlike previous games, it’s not for Nintendo’s handheld consoles; it’s a free download for Android and iOS devices. All the game requires is a smartphone with a mobile data pack and GPS feature. A large number of Indians have already been playing the game by downloading it from third party websites. This move to launch it formally will only give it a boost.

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Reliance’s move to tie-up with Niantic is a clear indicator that it is planning to up the subscription rates of Jio connections which will offer free data, voice calling, roaming and more to all users until March 2017. The game has more than 500 million downloads all over the world. Mathew Oommen, President Reliance Jio said, “Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokémon GO app but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio’s one-of-a-kind mobile broadband network.”

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