Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game, downloaded by millions of players all over the world, can no longer be played in Ira, due to ‘security concerns’. The application where the gamers can move and walk around real places and search for virtual monsters has been banned by Irans High Council of Virtual Spaces, according to a BBC report. Iran is the first country to ban the game, and the reasons were not properly cited by the Council. The reasons can be plenty since the game has garnered some controversial actions and reactions, mainly related to trespassing. In the United States there has been many such cases where the players have walked into places while playing the game and didn’t realise. There is even a lawsuit around the issue. People have been casual with safety warnings which has lead to many accidents and injuries.
According to the report, Iran had planned on the ban in July itself, but wanted to have talks with Niantic labs who are the creators of Pokemon Go game, over restrictions that could be incorporated. It remains to be seen what those restrictions could have been; either a time limit, or a geographic limit might have gotten introduced. This is not the first time that Pokemon Go has been banned. In New York, the correctional department included the game’s download and access by sex offenders as a violation. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said in a media statement, “Protecting New York’s children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims. These actions will provide safeguards for the players of these augmented reality games and help take one more tool away from those seeking to do harm to our children.”
Police all over the globe have warned players against the potential risks, in order to prevent any more incidents, which include people getting stuck on the tree and crashing into police cars.