Pokemon GO has taken the world by storm, but surprisingly, it’s not out yet in its home country.
Pokemon GO is currently out in the US, UK, and most of Europe, however, it’s not out yet in Japan. CEO of Niantic John Hanke recently made a statement, explaining why it’s not out yet.
At present, the server capacity in Japan is not powerful enough. We are working hard with our partners in Japan to enable the servers to keep up with demand once the game goes online there. We expect it to be released by the end of July.
Hanke also clarified why is it going to be difficult to launch the game in Korea and China, and that’s mainly due to Google’s limited map information for North Korea and the “many hurdles” they have to overcome to release it in China.
Google’s map information system in Korea is limited due to security concerns over North Korea. In China, however, it is technically possible, but difficult to introduce due to the many hurdles, or should I say regulations we’d have to clear to get it to users.
All of this doesn’t deny the fact that Pokemon GO is a massive success for Nintendo.