Pokemon Go is nearly dominating the world and leading people to explore various parts of their cities and countries. It even inspired one man quitting his job and travel his country trying to catch every Pokemon hie found out there.
But in China, there are some who fear that the mobile gaming app Pokemon Go could be the reason for security issues.
According to those who are worried about the game, the tool developed by the Japanese and the US to help weed out China’s military bases by seeing where user’s aren’t allowed to go and capture Pokemon. In the past issues that Google and Google Maps accidentally exposes Taiwan’s classified military bases, so it could be a basis of concern even if it was an accidental discovery.
The speculation seems by placing a rare Pokemon in places which are less traveled and by observing the fact that no one attempts to catch said Pokemon, it could be defined that the location has restricted access and could potentially be a military base.
Playing Pokemon Go in China could be a challenge since it’s not yet available on Chinese app stores and Google services already blocked by Chinese authorities. The Japanese company Nintendo has no word yet about Pokemon Go’s release in China, and Co-creator Niantic Labs is also mum on Pokemon Go launch.
In Weibo, a message circulating reads, “Then, when war breaks out, Japan and the U.S. can easily target their guided missiles, and China will have been destroyed by the invasion of a Japanese-American game.”
However, it is unclear if this concern reflects to limited to a few individuals or the government itself, but in the meantime gamers in China expressed their excitement and expectation of the game.