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While Pokemon GO launched in a handful of territories last week, it looks like some folks in other regions will have to wait a bit longer to download the game for iOS and Android. The reason, of course, is that the game has simply been too popular.
Last Thursday evening, Pokemon GO launched in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Despite having a hugely successful beta period, even the developers did not anticipate just how popular Pokemon GO would be when it finally launched. As a result, the game's first several days have been hindered by server issues thanks to every-damn-body playing the game at once.
It's gotten so bad that, if I see someone using a smartphone, I automatically assume they have to be playing Pokemon GO rather than texting their mom or placing a call.
Due to extremely heavy traffic, Pokemon GO isn't quite ready to branch out into new territories. According to a report from Business Insider, Niantic has decided to postpone the launch of Pokemon GO in other territories for the time being. If you're living in the United Kingdom or Asia, for instance, you're just going to have to hold your Ponytas a little bit longer.
In the original report, Niantic CEO John Hanke made a pretty reasonable argument that I think even the most diehard of Pokemon fans can get behind. He said, quite simply, that the team is "hard at work" on smoothing out the server issues and that further rollouts won't happen until "we're comfortable" with the game. In other words, if they haven't gotten things working squeaky clean in the three existing territories, why make everybody's life miserable by adding another collection of regions onto the pile.
Sure, that probably comes as a bummer for folks living in those regions, but would you rather have a game that works well or a game that kinda works some of the time? If nothing else, it's a super smart business move on the part of Niantic. If someone downloads a game that's a bit buggy or never connects, they'll be less likely to keep playing. They may even leave poor reviews and, in the end, that equates to lost customers and lost dollars for the game.
In the meantime, you folks who live in regions where Pokemon GO is already live can keep right on playing. That's encouraged, actually. Putting the servers through their paces now means that the game will be that much better when it finally arrives in other regions.
Niantic said they plan to keep rolling Pokemon GO out to additional countries "soon," so here's hoping you aren't in for too long of a wait.
As for those of you currently playing Pokemon GO, what are your thoughts? Are the server issues super rough or are you able to keep playing most of the time? Let us know in the comments below.