So THIS is the reason why Hong Kong doesn't have Pokemon Go yet

By Reuters, with additional reporting by Ben Pang

How much longer will Hongkongers have to wait to play the game?

By Reuters, with additional reporting by Ben Pang |

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Pokémon Go lets you go out in the real world and catch ’em all, but there’s still no word as to when you can do that in Hong Kong.

The latest global world phenomenon, Nintendo’s Pokemon Go, is still not available in Hong Kong, although the developer behind the game hopes it will be launched “relatively soon”.

The game, which marries a classic 20-year old franchise with augmented reality, has taken the world by storm despite having been launched in only five countries - the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, and Germany.

“Why limit it?” said John Hanke, chief executive of Niantic, which developed Pokemon Go jointly with Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Company. He didn’t give a detailed time-frame for further roll-outs, but added that they were working on boosting server capacity so more people could play in more places.

Young Post junior reporter Erica Qiu, 16, from Chinese International School, agrees with that logic. “Even in countries where people are playing the game, its massive popularity is causing server issues,” she said. “I doubt the server capacity can support millions of gamers using it at the same time.”

Apart from the server issues, YP cadet Joshua Lee, 17, from Sha Tin College said security issues could be another problem. “Even though Hanke said the game would be ultimately be launched in South Korea, the developer has a lot to figure out, because of the limited use of Google’s mapping functions amid the threat of North Korea,” said Joshua. “I’m sure Hong Kong will encounter the same problem. Although the mapping functions work in the city, it seems the Hong Kong government has to level up its security before the game is launched.”

While preparing for the app’s release day, junior reporter Melvin Kan Yiu-chun from Renaissance College’s said she has been watching plenty of YouTube videos and reading walkthrough guides in the hope of becoming a Pokemon master.