Pokemon Go creators launch game in Rio ahead of Games

By Liana B. Baker RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Creators of Pokemon Go on Wednesday said the blockbuster mobile game has been released in Brazil just in time for the Rio Olympics which start on Friday. A spokesman for the game's publisher Niantic confirmed in an email that "the app is currently rolling out across all of Central and South America." Earlier in the day, the official Twitter account for Pokemon Go tweeted that it was working hard to launch the game in South America's largest nation and told fans to "stay tuned." Before the game was widely available in the country, some athletes had already been playing it and racked up hefty phone charges. Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura landed a nearly $5,000 phone bill in Rio after he was persuaded by his teammates to download the game shortly after touching down in Brazil for a pre-Games training camp last […]

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