Niantic Labs’ mobile phenomenon Pokémon Go is now available in an additional 26 countries across Europe. Initially launched in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the augmented reality-based game has since been introduced into the United Kingdom and Germany ahead of this large-scale European release.
In a relatively short period of time the game has become of the most successful mobile games in history, and has even managed to set Nintendo’s share price soaring to record levels.
Those in countries that haven’t been able to officially download and interact with the uber successful game will be taking great delight in the official launch across Europe that was announced earlier today via the official Pokémon Go Facebook page.
Pokémon Go is available in twenty-six new countries. As of tonight, Trainers living in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland are able to download Pokémon GO from the Play Store or App Store.
That’s a fairly extensive list of additional countries that now have full, official access to the Pokémon Go experience via the App Store, but it isn’t all plain sailing as some users are finding out. The game may have instantly become an overnight sensation since its launch, but it has been plagued by server and log in problems from day one. It seems that adding support for additional countries, which ultimately allows an exponential increase in people actually using the game, has caused additional problems, with a growing number of users reporting that they are unable to log in to the platform.
Niantic Labs chief executive John Hanke has already confirmed that the game will soon be rolled out into 200 countries once internal developers have ramped up support server-side for the influx of additional gamers. Those comments, along with the already insane success of Pokémon Go, have helped Nintendo’s share price rise an additional 1o-percent, adding a whopping $17 billion in total onto the company’s value.
You get the feeling that this is only the beginning for Pokémon Go, and that we will likely see the platform expanded dramatically once the global rollout is complete and stability has been achieved.
Pokemon Go for iOS and Android can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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