Dutch authorities are taking the America makers of Pokemon go to court, after the company failed to meet pleas to prevent hordes of fans flocking to protected beaches.
Since the game was released in the Netherlands, so many fans have been crowding the widespread, windswept beaches of Kijkduin where hundreds of the games maximum popular cartoon monsters spawn daily.
The smartphone app uses satellite locations; graphics and the phone’s dig cam abilities to overlay the cartoon monsters onto real-world settings.
However the small coastal village of Kijkduin, south of The Hague, has been inundated with players, triggering concern for the guarded dunes surrounding the beaches.
The authorities now “want to ban these small virtual animals in guarded areas and inside the streets from eleven 11:00pm to 7:00 am,” the municipality stated in a statement.
The case will be heard earlier than a court in The Hague on October 11.
“Kijkduin will remain an attractive location for Pokemon hunters, but there will be less troubles for the citizens and the damage to protected areas will be limited.”
The Hague authorities have been attempting to contact the game’s makers Niantic since that mid-August however without success. “We had no other choice” but to go to court, the statement added.
The Pokemon Company, which licenses the franchise, stated in August that Niantic was centralising all of the requests to withdraw the game from areas, or add new poke-stops where gamers can boost their hauls. When the app was updated it would withdraw monsters from some regions.
The latest update saw the Hiroshima and Berlin Holocaust memorials disappear as Pokemon landmarks. In Poland, the former concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, that is nowadays a museum, has additionally asked to be withdrawn from the game.
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