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Niantic Labs are being taken to court by the Netherlands over Pokémon GO

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Niantic Labs, the studio behind (the not-as-addictive-as-it-used-to-be) Pokémon GO just can’t catch them all a break, can they? They’ve already had a load of complaints laid against them via the Federal Trade Commission, and now, they’re being sued by the Netherlands too (via VG247).

According to The Guardian, authorities from the country have been trying to make contact with Niantic (with no success) since mid-August regarding the Kijkduin beaches south of the Hague. Due to the dusty plains being a goldmine of digital critters, it is now a hive of activity for Pokemon GO players.

This has generated concern over the protected dunes in the surrounding area, prompting action. The local municipality aren’t trying to rid the beaches of Pokemon players, they’re just trying to go about making things more orderly.

“We want to ban these small virtual animals in protected areas and in the streets from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. Kijkduin will remain an attractive place for Pokémon hunters, but there will be less trouble for the residents and the damage to protected areas will be limited.”

I do find it odd that Niantic haven’t responded to this request yet. I mean, the church of Scientology down the road from me for example was a gym when Pokemon GO first launched. It was removed around a month later, which showed me that the studio do, in fact, pay attention to complaints (I’m at least four thousand percent certain that the church wasn’t too happy with Pokemon players gathering on its doorstep), even from us here in South Africa.

Well, it’s a little too late for Niantic now I guess. They’re going to have to face this issue in court. I don’t think it’ll be a drawn out, complicated affair though. Surely all they need to do to address the problem is adjust the Pokemon spawn rates and times in that specific area?

Last Updated: October 3, 2016

16 Comments

  1. RinceThis

    October 3, 2016 at 15:08

    Well they are probably too busy drinking mojitos on their private islands…

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  2. HairyEwok

    October 3, 2016 at 15:12

    But but all the nocturnal trainers catch their pokemon between 11pm and 7am

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  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 3, 2016 at 15:13

    The Scientology church got rid of them? That’s so suppressive of them.

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  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 3, 2016 at 15:15

  5. Original Heretic

    October 3, 2016 at 15:22

    There’s a scientology church in this country?! Why aren’t they burning THAT down instead of the universities and libraries?
    Wait, I know, we should all start spreading the word that they provide free education, but only to certain people.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 3, 2016 at 15:50

      You better check yourself before someone audits your thetan levels, bro!

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      • Original Heretic

        October 3, 2016 at 15:53

        WTF are thetan levels? Sounds like something I need to earn in a sci-fi game of some kind.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 3, 2016 at 15:58

          If you don’t know, you don’t want to know. Even the thought of explaining has caused some of my brain cells to commit suicide. 😀

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          • Original Heretic

            October 3, 2016 at 16:03

            Googled it. Now my soul wants to puke.

          • Pariah ???

            October 3, 2016 at 16:20

            It’s like saying Satan when you have a lisp.

            Thetan.

        • HvR

          October 3, 2016 at 19:33

          LOL, your guess was actually not that far off

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  6. AfricanTime

    October 3, 2016 at 15:26

    Niantic is not forcing anyone to be anywhere, how can you sue for a nonexistent animal…

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    • fnugget

      October 3, 2016 at 18:16

      Correct, Pokemon Go Terms of Service covers their complicity liability by having players agree that players are responsible. “you agree that in conjunction with your use of the App you … will not enter onto private property without permission”

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    • HvR

      October 3, 2016 at 19:36

      No they are being sued since they are not responding to request by a government to stop unintentionally encouraging people to walk on environmentally sensitive areas.

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      • AfricanTime

        October 4, 2016 at 08:46

        so i am going to sue Milnerton Mcdonalds branch, cause they are encouraging fat people to go on the beach….

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  7. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 5, 2016 at 11:51

    Why the hell does sand need to be protected?

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