Pokemon Go keeps on making an impact on the real world. A small town in Belgium fines trainers if they catch Pokemon after 10pm.
A small town near Antwerp are a hot spot for Pokemon Go players. Niantic has treated Lillo to be a great locations for rare Pokemon spawns. Trainers from Antwerp have been gathering in the usually quite small town since launch. Now the residents got the officials to put out a Pokemon Go ban during the night to get some sleep.
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Playing Pokemon Go is forbidden between 10pm and 7am until end of the year. A redditor posted a photo of the Pokemon Go regulations in Lillo.
In the beginning the town welcomed the sudden rise in visitors as local shops had increased business. But now the downsides of noise and the waste trainers leave behind have become a nuisance. The popularity of Lillo as been increased by a Pokemon Go book that praises Lillo as one of the best Pokemon hunting ground in Belgium.
Pokemon Go has caused already a long list of issues in the real world for people. Some found themselves suddenly living in a Gym or PokeStop. Parks have suddenly become popular and had to deal with garbage removal and security. Niantic, maker of Pokemon Go, has so far been able to keep themselves out of being held responsible. Augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go are basically free loading on the real world. I believe this will become an issue that needs to be regulated eventually.
Dutch authorities are already trying to get Niantic in front of The Hague court because the company failed to respond to Dutch authorities to remove a location from the game. In this case authorities also want a Pokemon curfew like in Belgium. Dutch trainers invade protected beaches in the Kijkduin municipality because of rare water Pokemon spawning. Authorities want that Niantic is not spawning Pokemon between 11pm and 7am.
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If Pokemon Go's popularity keeps going, we will see more legal issues for Niantic coming from the real world. Read also the latest about the Pokemon Go in-app Pokemon Tracker. Read more Pokemon Go News.