Australia: No go for Pokemon at sacred sites


The creators of Pokémon Go have been asked by the NSW Government to remove its characters from NSW sacred war memorials and certain locations.

News Corp reported on Saturday that the augmented reality game tells users to catch Pokémon inside places of worship, on busy intersections and even at infamous Sydney location The Gap.

Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott says the game’s creators, Niantic, have been asked to remove a ‘pokestop’ from the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

‘(It) is a space of quiet contemplation and it is not appropriate for Pokémon players to be lured inside to catch Pokémon’s,’ Mr Elliott told the newspaper.

‘Large numbers of Pokémon players have entered the memorial since the game’s release forcing security guards to remind players that they are in a commemorative area.’

This is not the first instance where PokemonGo creators have been criticised for inappropriate placement of its ‘pokestops’ and ‘gyms’.

It has been reported that players were actively catching ‘poisonous gas’ characters at a Holocaust museum in Washington DC as well as the recent discovery of Pokémon hot spot at New York City’s 9/11 Memorial.