Home / / Pokémon Go claims first victim in Japan

Pokémon Go claims first victim in Japan

Death in game’s spiritual home adds to unfortunate events associated with the worldwide hit

Pokémon Go claims first victim in Japan
Pokemon Go craze has spread worldwide, but a series of injuries, robberies and now deaths is raising concerns.

A Japanese truck driver distracted while playing Pokémon Go has killed a pedestrian while injuring another, Reuters reports.

The driver admitted to the police that he was playing the augmented-reality game while he hit the two women. He has not been charged yet, according to the report.

Pokémon Go was developed by Niantic Inc. a Silicon Valley start-up, with Japan’s Nintendo.

Niantic says it had added a feature that pops up on the screen when it detects increase in speed, to confirm the player was not driving.   

This is the second known fatality connected to the Pokémon Go craze after a Guatemalan teen was shot after breaking into a house while playing the game.

There however have been robberies associated with the game, injuries on preoccupied players, as well as generating nuisance as crowds swarm public areas in the hunt for monsters.         

Follow us to get the most comprehensive consumer tech news delivered fresh from our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and listen to our Weekly Podcast. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter on curated technology news in the Middle East and Worldwide.

REGISTER NOW | Webinar Event | Security you can bank on – Safeguarding the Middle East’s financial sector

Presented in partnership with security and network specialist Cybereason, the second in the three part webinar series will bring together a panel of experts to discuss how banks and financial institutions are evolving their service offering while simultaneously staying one step ahead of the cyber criminals who seek to bring their operations crashing to the ground.