Pokemon Go has pretty much been all everyone has been talking about and it is doing huge things for Nintendo. But the game hasn't even launched in Japan, the birthplace of Pokemon. Sources have said that Niantic is excited, though still worried about the server problems.
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Pokemon Go is currently in 30 countries and the number is expected to grow even larger. Many people were upset that Japan was so far down on the list, but Niantic has tried to explain the situation to those people.
CEO John Hanke told Forbes that the delay was because they were trying to fix the server problems before the Japan launch since they knew there was going to be a large population.
“We expect it to be released by the end of July,” Hanke said.
Well, tomorrow isn't officially the end of July, but it is close enough that there has been a lot of anticipation in Japan. The release is going to be something special because Japan is going to be the first time that Pokemon Go will be tied to an official partner in order to create revenue.
Hanke said that Niantic would add to its revenue by allowing partners to become "sponsored locations" in the game. Sponsors will be able to create gyms where customers will be able to train or battle. The hope is that there will be traffic driven to these sources.
The first partner will be McDonald's with 3,000 fast food restaurants across Japan, according to TechCrunch. McDonald's has already seen its stock prices soar since the partnership has been announced.
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Japan will be the first venture of Pokemon Go into Asia with hopes that it will continue throughout the rest of Asia slowly.