Pokémon Go launches in SA

2016-10-06 10:08
Visual of Pokémon Go on a cell phone screen.

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THE long-awaited launch of the globally popular game Pokémon Go, finally happened in South Africa on Wednesday, three months after it was launched in the U.S. and UK.

The game that requires players to go outdoors looking for Pokémon animated fantasy animal characters and try to “catch ’em all” took the world by storm when it was first launched earlier this year.

The app installed onto one’s smartphone uses a player’s GPS physical location to reveal the locations of these hidden Pokémon on the game’s map interface.

One aspect of the game, which incorporates augmented reality technology, is that certain real-world locations serve as digital “Pokéstops”, where players can purchase “Pokéballs” used to capture the Pokémon and to collect bonus items that make the game easier.

The game is also seen as a way its players can get more exercise.

Zurreal, a health-care company that rewards its members for making healthy choices, has announced that playing Pokémon Go can further reward members.

The Zurreal Platinum rewards programme gives members up to R13 400 in cash back each year to incentivise regular exercise, and the game is considered as one of the most enjoyable and easiest ways to earn these points.

“Pokémon Go promotes exercise and exploration through augmented reality technology and appears to be creating more opportunities for players to get out and socialise in the real world,” said Debbie Valentini, GM of marketing, communications and rewards at Agility Health.

Pokémon Go players are also cautioned against criminals who use the game’s “Pokéstops” to lure unsuspecting players and rob them of their phones and gadgets.

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