The threat of a court action has made Niantic agree to remove Pokemon spawn points from a protected natural area in the Netherlands.
Niantic agreed to remove Pokemon from Pokemon spawn points from the dunes of Kijkduin. The natural preserve has been invaded by Pokemon Go players over the past months as the beaches have been spawning lots of Pokemon.
Pokemon creator Niantic pledged last Friday remove Pokemon from the area after the court in The Hague said it would take court action. The authorities wanted a ban in Kijkduin's streets from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. A timed ban is apparently not in the feature set yet.
It is not clear yet how the implementation will look like, but for now the court action against Niantic is frozen according to an AFP report.
Earlier this month we reported about a Belgium city that enforces new regulations against playing Pokemon at night. Like in the case of Kijkduin, the affected city is also near a beach.
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