August 6, 2016 7:45 pm JST

'Pokemon Go' invades Southeast Asia

WATARU SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer

JAKARTA -- Southeast Asia, get your smartphones out.

"Pokemon Go" has become available in 15 more countries, including major Southeast Asian markets, co-developer Niantic said on Friday.

Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are among the 15. Twitter exploded in rejoice at the news.

First launched in the U.S. about a month ago, the game has become a worldwide sensation, racking up more than 100 million downloads. It uses augmented reality to make virtual monsters seem to appear in the real world, but there are safety concerns -- even reports of accidents -- as players go after the monsters in streets.

In countries like Indonesia, the game has already become popular among users who have downloaded the app through a little digital trickery.

Some players are already losing interest, though, and there are questions as to whether the official launch can continue to fuel the game's popularity.

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