A girl sporting a 'Pikachu' hat looks at her friend as she uses the Pokemon Go application during a mass gathering in Madrid on July 28, 2016
A girl sporting a 'Pikachu' hat looks at her friend as she uses the Pokemon Go application during a mass gathering in Madrid on July 28, 2016

Pokemon Go launches in Brazil ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics

The games have a lot in common: both took a long time to arrive in Brazil, and people are worried whether infrastructure can support the huge amount of hype

Andrew Griffin
Thursday 04 August 2016 12:02
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Olympians are now able to compete not just for gold, silver and bronze but also for Pokemon Go medals.

The game has continued its international roll-out, arriving for the first time in Latin America as it lands in Brazil this week.

And the arrival is just in time for the Rio 2016 games, arriving just after the sport started and a day ahead of the opening ceremony.

So far, the game has arrived in about 30 countries. Its roll-out to the rest is still being staggered, after server problems caused by the huge demand meant that the company behind the game, Niantic, is taking its time to roll out the game across the world.

Many Olympians had been disappointed by the fact that they couldn’t play in Brazil, where they will be living in the next few weeks, the Associated Press reported.

People who downloaded the game in their home country can still play it. That was how a Japanese gymnast was able to rack up a huge $5,000 bill while playing in Rio, despite the fact that it hadn’t yet been released then.

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And even people in countries where the game hasn’t yet been released could still get around those restrictions by tricking their app store into believing that they were in the right country. That means that many people have been playing in Brazil despite the fact that it only just arrived.

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