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Pokémon GO has been officially banned in China thanks to the country’s censorship laws, in which they say the game could bring potential security and various safety risks.

The augmented reality-based game was a runaway hit months after it was launched in various countries around the world – though China may have to turn to other means to play the game, or even download similar knockoffs.

The safety risks concern might point to the recent accidents that have happened to some Pokémon GO players around the world. Some users were reported to have been mugged or were hit my oncoming traffic by unknowingly crossing the road when catching Pokémon.

Additionally, the Chinese government is most likely concerned about location-based apps that might inadvertently reveal secret government locations.

Also note that Pokémon GO uses Google Maps to work – which is also banned in the country so even if you manage to install and use Pokémon GO there, chances are it won’t even work.

Victor Philip Ortiz
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