Pokémon Go, the ultra-popular augmented reality game, was released in Taiwan three weeks ago. Only a couple days after its debut, 349 Taiwanese drivers were fined for playing and driving. While nobody has fallen into a river (yet), huge mobs of gamers have been spotted in northern Taipei, obstructing traffic and blocking streets.
A Taiwanese Facebook user posted a video of an incredible number of people playing Pokémon Go in Beitou over the weekend. The video has gone viral, with 3.6 million views and over 21,000 shares. The clip shows a mob stampeding across the street to catch a Snorlax, which was reportedly in the area. The Facebook user emphasized that the Pokémon trainers respectfully waited for the traffic light to turn green before stampeding across. Looks like no fine for them!
Since the game launched, there have been multiple sightings of rare Pokémon in Beitou Park, attracting many gamers to the location. They have caused traffic jams, blocking the roads by standing on the streets, and other problems. Traffic police officers have been instated at intersections to help manage the large flow of people. On August 20th alone, close to 100 fines were issued to trainers, EBC reports.
Along with the insane amount of people, authorities also say they are having problems with littering, NetEase reports.
The poképocalypse has begun.
Watch the stampede below:
By Sarah Lin
[Video via Facebook]