Pokémon Go developer Niantic faces court over players invading protected Dutch beaches

By midian182 · 7 replies
Sep 30, 2016
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  1. The Pokémon Go phenomenon may have started to die down slightly in recent weeks, but swarms of players are still causing disruption across the world. The problem has got so bad in the Netherlands that local authorities are taking developer Niantic Labs to court, according to The Guardian.

    Since it was released in the country back in July, thousands of players have swarmed the beaches of Kijkduin, south of the Hague, to capture the Pokémon that spawn there. The sheer number of people roaming the location is a concern for locals, who believe the gamers could be damaging the protected sand dunes in the area.

    Authorities say they have been trying to contact Niantic since mid-August but the company hasn’t responded, leaving Hague officials with “no choice” but to take the case before a local court on October 11. Kijkduin officials said in a statement that they want to ban Pokémon from protected areas and in the streets from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.

    "The municipality is demanding that Niantic switch off the coordinates to stop the virtual characters from appearing in the Natura 2000 nature protection areas around Kijkduin," the statement reads. "People should no longer be tempted to walk through the protected dune areas. The municipality also wants the Pokémons to stop appearing on and around the Deltaplein between 23.00 and 7.00 hrs. so that residents can enjoy a good night's rest."

    This isn’t the first time that Niantic has faced legal action over crowds of Pokémon Go players allegedly causing disruption. Last month, Michigan couple Scott Dodich and Jayme Gotts-Dodich filed a class action lawsuit against the firm. They claim that the Pokémon gym and Pokéstops placed in Wahby Park in St Clair Shores has turned their neighborhood into a “nightmare.”

    It’s been used to lure victims and rob people, banned in Iran, and faces numerous complaints filed with the US Federal Trade Commission about its potential dangers, but after being downloaded over 500 million times since launch, Pokémon Go has proved a worldwide success.

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  2. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    Sounds like a really fun place to visit...
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,079

    It seems like Niantic Labs needs to invest into a better customer service department.
    wastedkill and alabama man like this.
  4. RevD14

    RevD14 TS Booster Posts: 76   +78

    Niantic didn't respond? Nothing new. They have no customer relation and that is the thing that is killing them.
    wastedkill and Reehahs like this.
  5. Hexic

    Hexic TS Maniac Posts: 332   +163


    Yet another government deciding to scapegoat an entity instead of policing their own people. It's almost like there are trespassing laws... and punishments in existence!

    Lionvibez and Reehahs like this.
  6. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,264   +436

    This how about you use the police you pay to control your citizens.

    And how about a simple if we catch you here you will be fined $5000.
    Hexic likes this.
  7. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 714   +75

    "All kids do is want to play video games and stay inside, they need to go out and play"
    ~Creates game that finally gets kids outside
    "Pokemon Go developer Niantic faces court over players invading protected Dutch beaches"
    ~You will never be satisfied.
  8. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    As much as I hate Niantic, this is not their fault. They have no control over the people playing the game. But yeah...their customer service really sucks.........because it doesn't even exist, lol.

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