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Pokemon Goes Africa!

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The smartphone game Pokemon Go has yet to officially launch in any African country. That’s not stopping African Pokemon fans, who are already braving the continent’s unpredictable streets to find the virtual monsters.

Determined not to be left out of the augmented reality craze which has swept the US and Europe, resourceful gamers in major African cities have found ways to download the game.

“Pokemon Go” was among the top google searches in Kenya in July, Kenyan media reported. The Facebook group “Pokemon Go South Africa” has nearly 10,000 members – a figure which has almost doubled since last week. Meanwhile players, or “trainers,” in other African hubs like Lagos and Accra are also spotting Pokemon, short for pocket monsters, in their cities.

But the game is not without its perils. In Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, enthusiasts are braving the city’s chaotic highways to find Pokemon – often risking accidents.

Despite dangerous streets and dodgy internet connections, players in Nigeria, Africa’s largest mobile market, are quickly becoming unstoppable. Even Lagos’ notorious traffic jams, which often keep people stranded on the roads for hours, are an opportunity for Pokemon fans, who use the long hours spent in traffic jams to search for rare finds.

This post was syndicated from Deutsche Welle. Click HERE to read the full text on the original website.

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