Pokémon Go’s popularity may be waning, but interesting news stories about the augmented reality game certainly aren’t. Authorities in the Netherlands are suing developer Niantic, after calls to have protected beaches removed from the game have gone unanswered.
As The Guardian Reports (via Destructoid), thousands of players looking to get their hands on some rare monsters have flocked to the beaches of Kijkduin, south of the Hague. The sand dunes are a protected natural landmark, and authorities have concern over potential damage being done to them, and the surrounding area.
The Netherlands approached Niantic, wanting “to ban these small virtual animals in protected areas and in the streets from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.” Hague authorities made the complaint in mid-August, but never heard from the developer.
“We had no other choice” but to go to court, a statement reads. The case will be heard in court on October 11.
“Kijkduin will remain an attractive place for Pokémon hunters, but there will be less trouble for the residents and the damage to protected areas will be limited,” the municipality said.
Multiple stories like this have cropped up since the game’s release. The French Minister of Education wants to ban rare monster from appearing in schools, the game was banned outright in Iran, and a Russian blogger is facing jail time after playing it in church.