Pokemon Go Launch in Japan Delayed After McDonald's Email Leak

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Pokemon Go is scheduled to launch in Japan today, July 20, but has reportedly been delayed after a McDonald's email leak.

The game's first sponsored Gym locations will come in the form of 3,000 Japanese McDonald's branches, but the leaked internal McDonald's email that formed the basis rumor is now seemingly the same reason that laucnh will not go as planned.


The same source that published the email, Tech Crunch, reported that the news went viral, and Niantic has now decided the the potential wave of new players would lead to server crashes.

Niantic CEO, John Hanke has previously expressed concerns that Pokemon Go servers in Japan wouldn't be powerful enough to cope with demand.

According to Tech Crunch's translation, Nikkei is reporting that the launch in Japan will come tomorrow, July 21 instead, but there's still no official confirmation. We'll keep you upated here on Epicstream once we hear more details about the Japanese launch of Pokemon Go.

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