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Pokémon Go is now available in 15 more countries in Asia, but not in India, South Korea or China

The full list of new countries are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.

A major expansion in Asia has been expected for some time, but three obvious countries not on the list are India, Korea and China.

In the case of India, where smartphone sales are growing in double-digital percent among its 1.2 billion population, it isn’t clear what is holding the launch up and when the game will go live.




For China, a huge gaming market for mobile, regulations and the game’s reliance on Google Maps are the challenges obstructing a launch, as Niantic CEO John Hanke told Forbes. Hanke also said that security issues with Google Maps in Korea — another lucrative spot for mobile games — have held up the launch, although it is unofficially available in some parts of the country.


The game requires real-time geospatial technologies and Google's map data to play but South Korean government restricts uncensored map data from overseas. The search giant has refused to use censored map data, so it is uncertain if the game will come to the country.

There was also speculation doing the rounds that China was skeptical about the game, as it believed the U.S. and Japan could use "Pokemon Go" to spy on its military bases and other sensitive facilities, But this rumour has been cleared as the game has come to Hong Kong and it appears like gamers in China will not have to wait for too long.

 

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