'Pokemon Go' Finally Launches In South Korea; 'Pokemon Duel' Strong Rival, Says Experts

By Ben Lindon , Updated Jan 25, 2017 11:53 PM EST

"Pokemon Go" is finally released in South Korea, following a delay due to security threats over Google Maps. The augmented reality mobile game became a worldwide hit in the summer of 2016.

The South Korea Release Is Expected to Be a Big Boost For "Pokemon Go"

"Pokemon Go" proved its success after the July release, which reportedly hit an estimated download of 500 million. However, the game saw its rapid decline in downloads during the recent months, as revealed by the app measuring company, App Annie. Based on reports, "Pokemon Go" downloads in the US downloads declined from more than 80 million in July 2016 to 1.5 million in November.

But according to gaming analyst Jack Kent, the "Pokemon Go" launch in South Korea will be a big boost for the game, given the fact that the country is among the most lucrative mobile games markets in the world, along with Japan, China and the US. Aside from this, analyst firm IHS also noted that the South Koreans spend more on mobile games per capita compared to any other country besides Japan.

Meantime, the delay in the launch of "Pokemon Go" in South Korea reportedly suggests the complexities of operating a location-based game that depends on partners in providing the underlying infrastructure. Although Niantic Labs and Nintendo did not reveal how the problem concerning Google Maps was worked around, some reports claim that the companies had to use the publicly available data in order to fill the gaps, BBC reported.

Pokemon Company Launches New Game Following the Success Of "Pokemon Go"

Following the success of "Pokemon Go", a new Pokemon app was launched by the Pokemon Company that allows players to battle with each other to win territories. The new game called  "Pokemon Duel" is said to introduce phone-on-phone battle feature that is not found in "Pokemon Go", according to Telegraph.

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