Robbers use Pokémon Go to target victims

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The Pokémon Go app is a bit like a scavenger hunt, pinpointing on a map different Pokémon themed treasures and creatures you can find around you. The man who was robbed while playing this game Saturday night says he simply didn’t notice he had walked into a trap.

It started as a late night cigarette run to this gas station. Even though it was 2 a.m., Nikolas Howard went to a stop with a lure on it because it was only a couple blocks away.

For two days, Howard had been tracking Pokémon on the app around the city. And he was so engrossed it in Saturday night, he didn’t see what he was walking into.

The app led Howard to a parking lot near the intersection of Highway K and Feise Road, a popular checkpoint just across the street from a gas station.

That’s when Howard noticed a black BMW pull in behind him.

“There were four kids inside. The kid in the back passenger seat had a silver pistol. He got out of the car and put it into my face, told me to ‘lose my stuff’,” said Howard.

Shane Backer, Brett Miller, and Jamine Warner have all been charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. Their ages are 18,17, and 18 respectively. No word yet on whether the 16-year-old will face charges.

Pokémon Go’s success adds $7.5 billion to Nintendo’s market value

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Nintendo’s stock continues to skyrocket following the release of Pokémon Go. After an increase of 9.3 percent with the game’s launch last week, the company’s share price rose 24.52 percent on Monday to ¥20,260 ($193) — its highest one-day surge since 1983, adding $7.5 billion to the firm’s market value. The game has topped app download charts in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, and according to some market researchers, has already been installed on 5 percent of all Android smartphones in America.

That’s a pretty substantial win for Nintendo, but it’s worth remembering that the game is not solely made and overseen by the Japanese gaming company. The app is created by Niantic, an augmented reality game maker spun off from Google in October 2015, and it was built in collaboration with the Pokémon Company. Nintendo is an investor in both Niantic and the Pokémon Company (which receives around 30 percent of Pokémon Go’s revenue, says The Financial Times), but the app is free to download, with Nintendo’s revenue generated by in-game microtransactions.

According to one equity analyst, Pokémon Go will need to create around $140 million to $196 million in turnover each month to have a significant impact on Nintendo’s profits. Mia Nagasaka of Morgan Stanley told CNBC that Pokémon Go is estimated to have made $3.9 million to $4.9 million on its first day of release, suggesting that the game will need to keep near the top of the app charts pretty consistently to be a signifiant earner. Revenue can come through microtransactions, but also marketing tie-ins — drawing users to businesses with the release of location-specific pokémon, for example.

Whether the current interest in Pokémon Go is sustainable then, is the key question. Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan has drawn comparisons between the game’s release and the launch of the Nintendo Wii in 2007, with the latter helping the company’s stock price soar to heights of ¥67,600 before falling back to more normal levels two years later. The release of a new hardware ecosystem is going to sustain growth for longer, though, and Culpan adds that a better comparison might be mobile hits such as Words With Friends, which go viral for a few weeks before users lose interest.

Pokémon Go certainly has potential. It’s part of one of the best-known and best-loved gaming franchises in the world, and its current popularity comes from a release in only three markets. (Launches in other countries, like the UK, have been “paused” as Niantic’s servers struggle to keep up with the game’s popularity.) The app’s current implementation is also fairly straightforward — there’s certainly room to create a richer, more engaging experience.

That said, Niantic’s inability to keep up with the game’s current influx of users isn’t encouraging. And although players are happy with the title now, if new features aren’t added, will many stick around in the coming weeks and months? Along with this year’s release of social app Miitomo, Pokémon Go is showing Nintendo the massive untapped potential of the mobile market, something it has avoided for years. More Nintendo mobile titles are slated for release later this year, but the company first needs to prove it can produce sustained interest — and profit.

Pokemon GO More Popular Than Porn on Google

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Pokemon GO has taken the world (well, at least the US and Australia) by storm. After reporting that Pokemon GO has nearly double the installs compared to Tinder, Twitter user ZhugeEX pointed out that according to Google Trends, search results for Pokemon GO have eclipsed even that of porn, surely a huge metric by any standard.


We would like to congratulate Nintendo on breaking the internet. Not many things can outperform porn.