Pokemon Go – the augmented reality, monster catching title from Niantic – has been blocked from releasing in China, over the state sensor's fears of security risks. In a report from Reuters, the country’s officials are also worried about safety problems posed as players move around and explore the real world.
As a result, the launch of any augmented reality game or app is prohibited until they’ve been thoroughly evaluated.
"[We have] a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people's lives and property," said a Chinese industry body.
It appears China’s sensors aren’t happy with the game’s reliance on sending and receiving geographical data. Pokemon Go caused multiple controversies when it launched last year, with players wandering onto private properties and restricted areas to capture creatures.
China’s censors will work with other government departments to evaluate the purported risks of some AR titles. These include the "threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers."
As Gamasutra points out, Pokemon Go would be severely stunted in China due to it’s reliance on Google’s data; their services like Google Maps are blocked in the region.