'Pokemon GO' now available in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - It's official, the augmented reality game 'Pokemon GO' is now available in the Philippines today, August 6, 2016!

'Pokemon GO' now available in the Philippines

'Pokémon GO" announced the good news on its official Facebook page Saturday morning (Philippine time).

"Trainers in 15 new countries and regions across Asia and Oceania can now officially download Pokémon GO from the Play Store or App Store. Discover Pokémon in the world around you!"

Aside from the Philippines, 'Pokemon GO' also arrived in the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.

In July 2016, it was initially released in selected countries including Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Due to server strain from high demand upon release, Niantic CEO John Hanke stated that the release in most other regions was "paused until Niantic was comfortable" fixing the issues.

A week after, rumours have circulated online that the new global craze is coming to Asia but Niantic debunked the claims.

During its release, Pokemon GO earned mixed reviews, with critics praising the game's concept and the incentive to be more active in the real world, while criticizing frequent technical issues apparent at launch. Despite such reviews, it quickly became a global phenomenon and was one of the most used mobile apps.

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