In a small French town called Bressolles, home to just over a thousand residents, the Mayor has issued a decree to Niantic Labs to ban all activity of Pokemon Go in the town. The Mayor issued the decree because he felt that Niantic didn't respect the way they do things in the town and that they should have asked for a business license first before allowing Pokemon to move into the virtual space.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Mayor of Bressolles, Fabrice Beauvois, felt as if the game posed a threat to the safety of the residents and that it was in danger of making young people addicted to it. Beauvois also explained to the AP that Niantic should have requested permission first before Pokemon Go went live in that region...
When a cafe or a restaurant owner wants to open a business in any French town, they have an obligation to request prior authorization to the mayor. The rule applies to all people wishing to set up an activity or occupy a space on a public property. So it applies to Niantic as well, even though their settlement is virtual.
Technically, this would mean that Google Maps in general would be banned since it's also attached to a business, unless Google first requested permission to allow people to use the app in that region. And speaking of Pokemon Go and Google Maps, according to Beauvois' reasoning that would mean Ingress -- another augmented reality, location-based game -- would also be banned from the French town.
Heck, every location-based app on the list from Appcessories would also be banned and that includes historical and medical-based apps; every app that you could use to find businesses in a specific area would be banned such as MiNeeds and Zoominfo; and practically every app that allows you to make in-app purchases while you're in Bressolles would need to be banned, since technically you would be doing business with that software company while you're in Bressolles. That's if we're using Mayor Beauvois' logic.
The decree is rather ludicrous, but Mayor Beauvois is hoping to get all Pokemon and Pokestops within Bressolles removed from Pokemon Go. The Mayor was peeved that Niantic has created an app that encourages people to travel around the world to capture Pokemon, saying...
They (Niantic developers) use the entire planet as a playground.
It's a strange criticism to have when a lot of other users have praised Pokemon Go for encouraging them to get up, get out, and get some exercise. A lot of people have turned it into a family event where they travel around the local city, catching Pokemon and having fun. Some businesses have even used Pokemon Go to advertise their services by using the in-game Incense to lure Pokemon to their location and therefore they were able lure customers to their store.
Beauvois isn't the only one who wanted Niantic Labs' augmented reality app banned from a specific location. Others wanted the app banned from a Veteran's park, some requested that it be banned from museums and historical locations, Iran wanted the game banned due to security concerns, and some places like Thailand wanted the game banned only from polling booths.
This is the first time that an entire city wanted the game banned, but as Pokemon Go becomes even more popular, it's possible that others will continue to find problems with the way the game impacts the real world.