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6 July 2022

Pokemon Go Piraters – Nintendo Tries To Catch Em All

July 20, 2016 (IP Flow) — Following the launch of Nintendo’s Pokemon Go game, it was inevitable that pirated versions would spring up on unauthorized platforms. The app’s success is owed partly to it being rolled out gradually in various countries, commencing with the United States and Australia last week. It has ignited people’s love for all things Pokemon with players of all types, online or in-person, looking for Pokémon Cards In Stock so they can add to their physical collection which may go as far back as 1996 when they first went into circulation.

The premise is the same as for previous versions of Pokemon except that it is played based on the user’s geo-location allowing for the game to be set in a hybrid virtual Pokemon and real world. The user is able to catch the creatures in real time by physically walking around and using a smartphone to locate them.

The release of the game saw Nintendo’s shares soar, more than doubling their value. This trend is only expected to continue with the imminent release of the game in Japan, the birthplace of Pokemon. Moreover, the free-to-play app has already overtaken Instagram, Tinder, Whatsapp and Snapchat and reportedly has been downloaded on 6.8% of all Android devices. Its popularity is such that an Australian man has quit his job to pursue catching Pokemon fulltime.

As a result of its popularity and fragmented release, pirated versions of the app have emerged and been shared widely on torrent sites in countries where it has not yet been released. Nintendo has been systematically issuing takedown notices to Google to remove the links.

As soon as a link is taken down, several more will go up in its place. Torrent Freak reports that it is the most shared game on popular torrent site The Pirate Bay and has elevated APKmirror.com’s daily visitors by a million. This game of cat and mouse, thus, is futile! Along with searching for top torrenting sites, Pokemon Go enthusiasts might have to look at various VPN’s that might help them.

As noted, the game is free-to-play, which means that Nintendo is suffering no direct monetary harm and above all, the share price has not been affected. Many of those who don’t know how does torrenting work might get in trouble with these downloads. The rationale behind these take down requests seems to be to maintain the degree of quality that only the original game can ensure. In countries where the game has not been released, little to no Pokemon are available in the territory leading to dissatisfied users and gaming issues such as those faced by Korean gamers.

Furthermore, players who are not very good at online games or who are facing such issues as the game being taken down even though they use VPN services can directly look for players who can play on their behalf for a short period to improve their scores and rankings. Though this will not make them any better at the game, it can allow them to compete. Such techniques are referred to as mmr boost dota 2 (or be it for any other online game). MMR Boosting is a service that assists players in accumulating more MMR to compete with better players. The pros do this by logging into the players’ accounts, playing on their behalf, and winning ranked games. When an account is boosted, the boosting player must be more skilled than the real player.

Coming back to or original discussion, as a player of the original Pokemon on the Gameboy in the 90s, the privacy concerns surrounding the game have marred my desire to download the app. Until these issues are resolved, which will probably not happen any time in the near future, due to the value of the data acquired and then sold to anonymous third parties. Thus, for the foreseeable future, I will be cackling at the swarms of people looking for Pokemon in New York City whilst secretly envying them on the inside.

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