Pokémon Go fans in China celebrate as game briefly available – before the country is blocked again

July 9, 2024
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Chinese and Russian Pokémon Go players have reported a brief window of regular gameplay this week – despite long-standing geo-blocking that typically makes the game inaccessible across most of these regions.

Reports collated on top Pokémon Go reddit TheSilphRoad show players able to send in-game postcards from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, site of the 1989 student protest and massacre now subject to strict censorship by the country’s government.

For years, Pokémon Go has been unplayable in large swathes of China – and various tourists have recorded their experiences trying to load the smartphone game when visiting. No Pokémon will appear to catch, and no locations will appear on the map.

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