Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that has taken over people’s lives all across the globe, finally made its debut in Hong Kong today.
#PokemonGO is now available in Hong Kong! Put on your shoes, step outside, and explore the world with Pokémon GO.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 25, 2016
Following Japan, this marks the second release of the game in Asia. Hopefully, Hong Kong isn’t home to many secret military bases.
Many were initially skepitcal that the game would ever come to Hong Kong, and its sudden release today has taken many fans by surprise, a very pleasant one, of course. In addition, SCMP reports that trainers who have CSL or 1010 as their mobile operators will be getting free cellular data to play the game.
The massively popular mobile game is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company, a Japan-based firm responsible for licensing the franchise, and Niantic Labs, a US-based firm that developed the game. While Nintendo owns 32% of the voting power in The Pokémon Company, it predicted in a statement that the game would have little impact on the company’s financials.
Interestingly, after the game was released, Nintendo’s stocks skyrocketed, but then plummeted back by 18% (the maximum amount possible in Japan for one day) last Monday. It appears the original stock increase was due to investors believing that Nintendo was the developer of the game, The Verge reports.
Whatever this means for Nintendo’s profit margins, fans in Hong Kong are just stoked to finally get the chance to catch them all.
— Dominic Leung (@dominicleung12) July 25, 2016
— Roland (@roland_twtr) July 25, 2016
What happened to all those Pikachu protesters from last month?
Pokemon Go has landed in Hong Kong and oh my god. I thought the reports were exaggerated. They were not. pic.twitter.com/LlhLxd70fa
— Nash Jenkins (@pnashjenkins) July 25, 2016
Every fourth person in Central Hong Kong is playing Pokemon. #mental
— PenguinSix (@PenguinSix) July 25, 2016
— Larry Au (@larryau) July 25, 2016
Meanwhile, Chinese fans have been trying absolutely everything this month to play Pokémon Go — even downloading knockoff versions — now though, all they have to do is take a quick trip across the border.
By Sarah Lin