Pokémon Go has finally been released in the UK.
Bringing an end to the various tricks that British players had to use to get the game on iOS and Android, the game is now available through the official app stores.
“UK trainers, the wait is over,” the game’s official Twitter account announced. It came a day after the company announced that it was making the game available in Germany, apparently indicating that the company is slowly rolling it out across Europe.
It still isn’t clear when the game will come to other countries or to Asia, but developers have committed to rolling it out as quickly as they can.
Pokémon Go is seeing a very gradual rollout as developers Niantic look to ease the load on their servers. Even when the game was only released in the US, Australia and New Zealand the game often entirely broke for many players, as servers were unable to handle the huge strains being put upon them.
UK players who downloaded the game using a trick to get to another App Store won’t need to re-download the app. The game isn’t strictly geo-fenced, with developers simply making it available only in specific country’s app stores but allowing anyone who has it to play it anywhere.
Android users who downloaded a separate version of the app outside the official Google Play Store may want to re-download it, however, since other downloads can include malware of viruses.
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