Nearly five months after launch, Pok mon GO is finally coming to India — officially that is. Reliance Jio has partnered with Niantic to bring the popular augmented reality mobile game to our shores. The game will be rolled out starting December 14, and as a part of the deal between the companies, Jio retail stores and charging stations across the country will become Pok Stops and Gyms within the game. On JioChat, Pok mon GO players will also get access to an exclusive channel, called Pok mon GO Channel. This channel will help players interact with others and share tips or tricks, and also take part in contests and special events. Also Read - Reliance JioFiber plans with free Voot Select subscription: Check plans, price, and other benefitsAlso Read - JioFiber broadband plans with free Netflix subscription: Check plans, price, data benefits, more
We are delighted to partner with Jio to launch Pok mon GO in India, John Hanke, CEO and founder of Niantic said. It s exciting to see Pok mon fans in India step out and explore their neighborhoods in search of Pok mon and Jio s disruptive high speed 4G LTE Network will be an excellent way to experience the game. Also Read - How to get free Netflix subscription: Just follow these steps
Pok mon GO launched earlier this year, and almost immediately was one of the most talked-about mobile apps across the world. While the game wasn’t officially launched across the globe, players were able to download the APK file and play it on their phones. Such was the craze that the Pok mon GO climbed up the charts to become the most downloaded apps on the Play Store and App Store in a short time, and had users spending more time on the app than the likes of WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat.
From apparent health benefits from having to walk or run around catching Pok mons, to having a fatwa issued against it for desecrating the sacredness of religious places in India, the game literally had everyone talking about it. It has also had a rollercoaster ride of sorts, and after the initial high, downloads and in-app purchases have cooled down quite a bit. Reports suggest that downloads have fallen from 79 million in July to less than 10 million in November. ALSO READ: After Pok mon GO, Nintendo launches Pok mon Sun and Pok mon Moon games
It remains to be seen what sort of buzz Pok mon GO is able to create now that it is officially launched in India. But with most of us having already played the game, it seems to be a case of too little too late. It will also be interesting to see just how well the AR mobile game works on a network that is plagued with slow speeds and inconsistent connectivity. Pok mon GO will debut on the Google Play Store and App Store in India tomorrow. FROM EARLIER: Here are 5 reasons I don t care about Pok mon GO