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Reliance Jio brings AR game ‘Pokémon GO’ to India
MUMBAI: Reliance Jio Infocomm is bringing the sought-after, first-of-its-kind augmented reality game ‘Pokémon GO’ to India, in collaboration with Niantic, the publisher and developer of the game.
Thousands of Reliance Digital Stores and select partner premises in India will appear as ‘PokéStops’ or ‘Gyms’ in the Pokémon GO game beginning 14 December.
“We are delighted to partner Jio to launch Pokémon GO in India,” said Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke. “It’s exciting to see Pokémon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokémon, and Jio’s disruptive high-speed 4G LTE network will be an excellent way to experience the game.”
The two companies will work together to bring Indians a richer and more enjoyable mobile entertainment experience for Pokémon GO, including activating Jio retail locations and charging stations as PokéStops and Gyms within the game, and allowing Indians to catch, train and battle at any of Jio’s outlets throughout the country.
On Jio’s social messaging app JioChat, Pokémon players have access to an exclusive Pokémon Go Channel. The channel will enable Pokémon Go players to collaborate and be part of a community of players with daily tips, contests, clues and special events.
“With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pokémon GO officially in India on the Reliance Jio network,” said Reliance Jio president Mathew Oommen. “Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokémon GO app but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio’s one-of-a-kind mobile broadband network.”
Jio SIM customers will be able to download and play Pokémon GO without incurring data charges until 31 March 2017.