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Netherlands Authorities Take Pokémon Go Developer To Court Over Crowded Beaches

by Suriel Vazquez on Oct 01, 2016 at 09:56 AM

Since its launch back in July, Pokémon Go has seen more than its fair share of wild stories cataloging its enormous impact. We can add at least one more story to that list this week

As The Guardian reports, authorities in the Dutch city of The Hague are taking Pokémon Go developer Niantic to court after the company did not answer the authorities' repeated requests to help them curb the number of people crowding the city's Kijkduin beaches, which are surrounded by a number of protected dunes that could face potential damage.

The authorities seek to ban the appearance of Pokémon on the beaches from the hours of 11pm to 7am, and after not hearing back from Niantic regarding this request (which has agreed to requests regarding sensitive areas where catching Pokémon was not appropirate, in the past), "had no other choice" and took legal action.

“Kijkduin will remain an attractive place for Pokémon hunters," the municipality said in a statement to The Guardian. "But there will be less trouble for the residents and the damage to protected areas will be limited.”

[Source: The Guardian]