Pokemon Go fans invade bases

AT least three military police officers were ordered to play Pokemon Go in Canadian (加拿大的) bases across the country, after players invaded the facilities in a quest to catch them all.

The interlopers were not foreign agents but fans of the wildly popular Pokemon Go app – launched in 2016 – who were trying to capture as many of the game’s virtual characters as possible, sometimes by wandering into restricted army areas.

A surge in the number of suspects being apprehended the summer after the game’s release puzzled the army, according to internal documents obtained by Canadian public television channel CBC.

At least three military police officers at different bases were assigned to wander around army facilities with phones and notebooks in hand to search for virtual Pokemon infrastructure and characters.

“We should almost hire a 12-year-old to help us out with this,” wrote security expert David Levenick at CFB Borden in Ontario, 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto (多倫多).

At the entrance to the base, one woman was caught playing Pokemon Go while her three children were climbing over tanks.

A man separately arrested at CFB Borden explained he was just collecting points by playing Pokemon Go and told offi cers: “I have to beat my kids.”

Shortly after the release of Pokemon Go, the armed forces even had to issue a public notice warning players not to venture onto military bases. 

(This article is published on Junior Standard on 15 January 2020)

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