With Pokémon Go now available in Australia, New Zealand and the US, Niantic Labs and Nintendo have chosen to briefly halt the game’s global rollout to deal with its ongoing and significant server problems. The Wall Street Journal reports that Niantic and Nintendo have been working to resolve the server issues and are still poised to launch in Europe, Japan and other Asian territories in the coming days.
Pokémon Go began its global roll out last week with Niantic’s original plan being that it would be rolled out everywhere within the week. However, the game began to suffer from server crashes the moment it went live (though it is beleived that the bulk of these crashes could be attributed to millions of impatient players backdooring into the game through fake overseas accounts), and before long Twitter was lighting up with players complaining about having to log in repeatedly. Still more complained aboutas well as being locked out of their accounts or having the game lock up or crash, deleting recent data. Niantic has chosen to focus on fixing these issues before completing the global roll out.
In the midst of all this tumult, Canada and South America sit seemingly ignored by Nintendo, twiddling their thumbs and wondering when they’ll get their turn.