The popularity of "Pokemon Go" has been really impressive, garnering the support of throngs of players worldwide. The novelty of the augmented-reality game is considered to be one of the reasons why it was deemed as the breakthrough game of 2016, giving popular mobile games, "Clash Of Clans" and "Clash Royale" a run for its money.
However, it seems like "Pokemon Go" might have to overcome a new hurdle that's thrown at the core of the augmented-reality game. According to Digital Trends, an ordinance in Milwaukee has required permits for "Pokemon Go" and other similarly-styled games.
Basically, it would mean that players are not free to roam around listlessly anymore because their are already places that are restricted or are required to have permits before players can use them as a digital playground. With the new ordinance, Niantic, and other augmented-reality games developers will have to secure permits to enable players to play in certain areas covered by the said ordinance.
According to The Verge, the idea for the said ordinance began when numerous players swarmed Lake Park. The new Milwaukee ordinance imposed on "Pokemon Go" and other augmented-reality games have received mixed reactions from the public. Some believe that it might be a bit harsh and unnecessary to require game-developers to secure permits. However, some also agree with the new ordinance and even believe that the said ordinance should be adapted worldwide to ensure safety among the players.
It can be noted that there have been lots of reported cases involving "Pokemon Go" some of which include a player being robbed at gunpoint in Alabama, two men falling off a 90-foot cliff in California and fatal truck collision in Japan. It's only a matter of time until more states and countries might consider to implement an ordinance requiring game developers to secure permits before using certain locations.