Yes, it’s still relevant. Yes, it’s been shrouded in controversy. Yes, we’ve all made the joke. But Pokémon GO is still a pretty popular and influential game. However, one of the words that’s certainly not uncommon to hear for Niantic is “Lawsuit” as the company is no stranger to being sued for a myriad of reasons.
Such is the case when during the beginning of the app’s lifecycle, millions of people would cause a lot of disturbances to owners of private properties. Heck, we had a case of a Russian player who got a 3-year Prison Sentence for playing the infamous app.
As such, a group of USA inhabitants made a Class Action lawsuit due to this kind of disturbances. The legal action started after Pokémon Go players sought permission to catch digital creatures placed in private gardens. Aggrieved homeowners sought compensation, saying the game constituted a “continuing invasion”.
The Legal action was started by none other than Jeffrey Marder. This person who hails from New Jersey said that five people knocked on his door back in 2016. All of them were continuously asking him to allow them into his backyard in order to catch Pokémon that were on the loose there.
Of course, this also meant that as the popularity of the app rose, more private properties like Jeffrey’s would be caught in the crossfire. Marder decided that enough was enough and pulled legal action against the developers at Niantic.
Fortunately, according to the BBC, it seems like Niantic and the affected parties have reached a solution that will put an end to the lawsuit. Even though no details have been revealed at the time of publishing this article. We’ll see a development no later than February 2019. Where we’ll see the terms of the agreement during a court hearing.
Considering how things are looking up for the developer. We’ll probably see more positive changes besides the gameplay implementations. Let’s just hope that Pokemon GO can finally take a good road towards the future.