|Finkelstein Thompson LLP Investigates Claims Against Niantic, Inc., the Pokémon Company|
October 25, 2016
Finkelstein Thompson LLP is investigating claims against Niantic, Inc. (“Niantic”), The Pokémon Company (Pokémon Co.”), and Nintendo Co. Ltd. (“Nintendo”). Earlier this year, the immensely popular Pokémon Go smart phone game was released. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, where players find and “catch” Pokémon in their real environment, using the GPS, camera, and gyroscope features on users’ mobile phones. Thus, users would walk around, particularly focusing on important locations, such as “Pokéstops” and “Pokémon Gyms” in order to obtain items and play certain parts of the game.
Pokémon Go has been downloaded over 100 million times; it became an immediate topic of conversation, and earned the companies that made it, hundreds of millions of dollars.
However, certain problems began to be noticed. Allegedly, many Pokéstops and “Pokémon Gyms” were placed on private property, or next to private property. Further, many property owners have reported that they were never asked to consent. As a consequence of the actions of Niantic, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Co. many property owners may have suffered from trespassing and property damage.