Niantic launched the massively popular AR-powered mobile game Pokémon Go in India and other South Asian countries today (14 December), nearly five months since its release in July. The hit smartphone game is now available for download in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for iOS and Android, IB Times reported.
“To our Trainers in India — we appreciate your patience during the last few months while we worked on bringing Pokémon Go to your country,” the developer wrote in a blog post on 13 December. “The Niantic team had to resolve a few administrative challenges before launching in order to ensure we could provide the best experience possible.”
To bring the popular game to India, Niantic partnered with local carrier Reliance Jio, transforming thousands of Reliance Digital stores and select partner premises across the country into PokéStops or Gyms. Local Pokémon Go fans will also be able to access an exclusive Pokémon Go Channel via Jio’s social messaging app that allows them to connect with other players, get daily tips and clues and participate in contests and events.
“We are delighted to partner with Jio to launch Pokémon GO in India.” John Hanke, CEO and founder of Niantic, said in a statement. “It’s exciting to see Pokémon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokémon and Jio’s disruptive high speed 4G LTE Network will be an excellent way to experience the game.”
The developer also noted that Jio’s SIM customers will also be able to download and play the game without incurring data charges during its “Happy New Year” offer. (Colombo Gazette)