European fans of Pokemon are left out in the cold as the roll out of Pokemon Go has been delayed due to demand in United States, New Zealand and Australia.
Pokemon Go has been released on July 6 in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The new augmented reality game from Niantic Labs went viral. The demand has surprised the company. The server infrastructure they have built for Pokemon Go is too weak. The Pokemon Go services broke down during the first couple of days. Pokemon Go players moved their Pokemon catching to late night session to gain access to servers as less trainers are online.
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These issues triggered Niantic Labs to call off the planned rollout in the UK and Europe. It is not because of the BREXIT that UK gamers do not get Pokemon Go as some Tweets suggest tongue in cheek. The British can once again blame the Americans. If they would not be as nuts about Pokemon, the servers would accommodate Europe's Pokemon fans.
Update July 13:
Pokemon Go app released in UK, Germany and other European App Stores! Only for Android so far. Check your local Google Play Store to get Pokemon Go.
Update July 11: The Wall Street Journal's sources say that the rollout continues "within a few days."
Hardcore Pokemon fans are though already catch Pokemon. On the iPhone you just need an American iTunes account. On Android there is a APK file floating around of Pokemon that can be installed directly without the Google Play store. Beware though of cloned versions that include a hidden malware. Researchers spotted a cloned version that include DroidJack malicious remote access tool (RAT). Android users should be very careful when attempting to install a Pokemon APK file. Best is to wait until the app is available in your Google Play store, or use the same trick as with the iTunes store. Register an the American Google Play store (video).
An additional warning. I just spotted a Tweet about an Pokemon Go Plus give away. This is not from an official Pokemon account and links to a spam store. Because Pokemon Go is so popular, spammers and hackers are all over it. If your kids are playing Pokemon Go, talk to them about this issue so they keep away from these potentially dangerous offers.
When will Pokemon Go launch in the UK, Germany, France and the rest of Europe?
Niantic Labs' last Tweet about the roll-out says: "To ensure all Trainers can experience #PokemonGo, we continue to add new resources to accommodate everyone. Thank you for your patience." This was Tweet got posted on Saturday. On Friday the company said: "Thank you for your patience. We have been working to fix the server issues. We will continue rolling out #PokemonGO to new countries soon."
We expect that the former Google company will be able to get the server infrastructure strengthened during this week. Pokemon fans should watch out for update on the country specific Pokemon Go sites and Twitter accounts:
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