Dear Niantic, you could’ve done better.
Rio was in trouble. Out of all the improvements they could’ve made to prepare the city for the Summer Olympics, or the care they could’ve put into ensuring that the Athletes’ Village met safety requirements, they still couldn’t get Pokémon Go available for competitors.
So yes, the city has a massive crime problem and the whole affair was just a horrible idea to begin with, but now athletes don’t even have the luxury of catching Pikachus in their downtime (if they can find a Pikachu anyway). Thanks for that.
Niantic’s wildly successful augmented reality app has been released in at least 28 countries so far, but not in Brazil. People who downloaded the app in their countries can still access it, but no Pokéstops appear and so far, no Pokémon have shown up.
According to the Associated Press, the company didn’t specify when the game could be released there, but rumors circulated that it could be Sunday. So far, there hasn’t been anything, meaning that athletes are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
— Joe Clarke (@joeclarkek1) July 26, 2016
— Matthieu PECHE (@MatthieuPECHE) July 27, 2016
Want to know the worst thing about the Olympic village? No @PokemonGoApp. Otherwise, it's incredible.
— Abby Johnston (@AbbyLJohnston) July 26, 2016
— Diane Kristine Wild (@deekayw) July 25, 2016
Image: Kin Cheung/AP