Pokemon Go’s international rollout paused

Victor Barreiro Jr.
The augmented-reality game is suffering from congestion and server issues

POKEMON GO. Screen shot from YouTube

MANILA, Philippines – Pokemon Go, the augmented-reality Pokemon game made by Niantic and Nintendo, is highly popular despite being only officially rolled out to a handful of countries.

The current rollout of Pokemon Go may be the status quo for a few more days, however. 

The CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, told Business Insider on Friday, July 8 (July 9, Manila time) that a further international rollout was “paused until we’re comfortable.” (READ: Filipino ‘trainers’ set out on Pokemon Go journey but…)

The game, which is said to be nearing Twitter’s numbers for daily active users, is suffering from congestion and server issues. 

Hanke added, “We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve.”

Niantic is working on fixing the issues, according to an updated company statement reported by CNET

“We have been diligently working to resolve the server issues and will continue rolling out Pokemon Go to new countries in the coming days,” a representative for the company said.

Pokemon Go launched on July 6 in Australia, New Zealand and, eventually, the United States. – Rappler.com

Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.