Hong Kong launch of Pokemon GO spotlights democracy protest landmarks

Young people thronged the streets of Hong Kong this week, keen to test Pokemon GO, a new smartphone game backed by Japan's Nintendo, capturing monsters at sites of the city's 2014 democracy protest, known as the Umbrella Revolution. The game launched in the Asian financial hub this week after becoming an unexpected hit in countries from Spain to New Zealand, helping to double Nintendo’s value since its debut in the United States this month. Created by Nintendo, Niantic and Pokemon, the game plays out in what is known as augmented reality, by tapping users’ GPS applications to spawn Pokemon, or pocket monsters, against the backdrop of the real environment.

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