The augmented reality game, Pokemon GO, is available in most of the areas where Niantic wants to release it, except for the gamer-rich country China. It seems like there are some information security and safety risks involved in the country, meaning that the game may arrive late or not at all if things do not go well.
Departments of China’s State Administration including Publication, Film, Radio, Television, and Press are working with the government of the country to “evaluate the game’s risks.” The evaluation started because of a “high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people's lives and property.” Just after the game’s release, Niantic was faced with a series of questions related to what they were doing with the online information of each player. Maybe this is why China is going through a tough time in deciding whether the game is safe for Chinese players or not.
China’s Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association also stated the risks of the game which include a “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.” If one thinks about some security risks one’s going through by playing this game, we can easily say that Pokemon GO should be banned then in every country. No one would want a complete stranger to know where they are and with whom they are.
In the end, although we believe that Pokemon GO has made a significant stronghold in the market, it is not a safe game to play unless you are aware of your whereabouts. And only because of this reason is why many people around the world have succumbed to accidents where they were unaware of the situation they were in. Many people have died during car accidents, and many have encountered other several dangers while playing the game.