Wherever the augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, debuts, it immediately takes over the place. The most recent release of the game in Asia was Hong Kong, where both business owners and political activists tried to take advantage of its incredible popularity.
A couple days ago, Pokémon Go announced via Twitter several more locations where fans are finally able to play the game!
— Pokémon GO News (@PokemonGoNews) August 6, 2016
While this might seem like exciting news for everyone’s favorite “renegade province,” not everyone is so hyped. Various governmental departments have already issued rules specifically for the game, Focus Taiwan reports. People who play the game while driving will be fined 3,000 NTD (636 RMB), those who play while riding a scooter/motorbike will be fined 1,000 NTD (212 RMB) and those that obstruct traffic might be fined 300 NTD (63.6 RMB).
Taiwan Railways Administration stated that people were spotted catching Pokémon along railway tracks only a couple hours after the game was released, Taipei Times reports. Therefore, they have prohibited people from playing the game on railway tracks, in the station, on the train and in other areas that could cause accidents. Good luck with that.
The Ministry of National Defense has also spoken out, warning people to stay away from military bases, camps and other restricted areas. Shew, looks like Beijing isn’t the only paranoid one.
Lin Chuan, Taiwan’s premier, posted on Facebook, “Catch the rare creatures, but don’t let accidents catch up with you!”
Though the game has only been released for a couple days, 349 drivers have already been fined and Taipei’s National Palace Museum has banned people from playing the game inside exhibition halls, Strait Times reports.
We’ll have to wait and see how long these regulations stave off any unfortunate accidents.
By Sarah Lin
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