The Pokemon Go craze continues to cover ground. Reports confirmed that the popular Pokemon-hunting game has debuted in 15 countries in Asia and Oceania.
Niantic made the official announcement via their Facebook page. The countries where Pokemon Go is now available include: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.
India is the mystery region in the mix with no official word on why Pokemon Go was not launched on their end. Considering India has a fast-growing market in smartphone sales, being left out of the countries who just saw the trainers launch seems pretty peculiar.
Aside from the three countries, folks who have long awaited the release of Pokemon Go can now join in. The coming comes a month after the game was launched in the United States. Niantic incrementally rolled it out to other countries.
To date, gamers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe are hunting down the Pokemon characters. Some have even gone as far to resort to ‘cheats’ like GPS spoofers.
After starting out slow, Niantic has slowly tightened up on exploits. Third-party apps have been addressed, including apps like Pokevision. More are expected to follow. Niantic is expected to mete out punishments to players who continue to cheat their way, a violation that could result to a permanent ban.