Reliance Jio to launch ‘Pokemon GO’ in India on Dec 14There is some good news for India’s gaming lovers as Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio) will be introducing the famous augmented reality (AR) game “Pokemon GO” in the country starting December 14.
There is some good news for India’s gaming lovers as Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio) will be introducing the famous augmented reality (AR) game “Pokemon GO” in the country starting December 14.
Jio will introduce the AR-powered game in association with Niantic, the US-based software company which developed the gaming app.
With this partnership, Reliance Digital Stores and select partner premises will appear as “PokéStops” or “Gyms” as shown in the “Pokémon GO” game.
“It is exciting to see Pokemon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokémon and Jio’s disruptive, high speed 4G/LTE network will be an excellent way to experience the game,” said John Hanke, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Niantic, in a statement.
On JioChat, Jio’s social messaging app, Pokémon players will have access to an exclusive “Pokémon Go Channel” that will enable players to collaborate and be part of an exciting community with daily tips, contests, clues and special events.
“Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokémon GO app but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio’s one-of-a-kind mobile broadband network,” added Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio.
The game uses the GPS capabilities of the device in conjunction with Google Maps to “place” creatures in real world locations, which you then try to find using your device as a guide.
Once you are in proximity to the “placed” creature, you then use your device’s camera to “view” the creature and try to “capture” it by throwing “Pokeballs” at it.
“With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pokémon GO officially in India on the Reliance Jio network,” Oommen added.
(With IANS inputs)