15 Jul 2016 1:03 PM +00:00 UTC

Niantic Labs Hints at Pokemon Go Expansion to 200 Markets, Compares Rollout to Ingress Game

The long wait for Pokemon Go in your country may not end up in vain. Niantic Labs hinted that it's planning to go big on the rollout soon.

Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke had stated that the studio plans to launch the game in 200 countries and regions. Speaking to Reuters, Hanke confirmed that the team is now already hard at work towards improving the server capacity so it can accommodate more players.

Without going into details for the timeframe, Hanke did suggests that Niantic Labs' other AR title Ingress had performed in roughly the same manner; a month or two worth of rollouts to reach roughly 200 markets.


Considering how big Pokemon Go already is, this is a justified move. Asia is not yet part of the official list of countries that can download the game, including Pokemon's hometown of Japan, but once it does, the rise in Nintendo shares may not stop anytime soon.

To put Niantic Labs' plan into perspective, Hanke also hinted that the team is expecting to launch Pokemon Go even to South Korea. This is despite security issues linked to mapping commands related to North Korea. From Hanke's words, it seems like South Korea is a very viable market, as it is one of the biggest gaming populations following Japan. China and the U.S.

This isn't the first update that the Pokemon Go developer revealed. There have been talks of sponsored locations for the game, which would allow companies and brands to put their establishments on the map of Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go is currently out on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., and Germany. Just today, the developer confirmed its official release in Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

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