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Pokémon Go, Ingress and Co. no longer playable in Russia and Belarus

Update March 11, 2022: The developers of Pokémon Go, Ingress, Pikmin Bloom and Co. have decided to take further action after their donations to those affected by the Ukraine conflict. Thus, the games from Niantic can no longer be found for download in Russia and Belarus, so they have been taken out of the stores. And shortly, playing Pokémon Go and Co. will also no longer be possible in the two countries. This was announced by those responsible at Niantic on March 11, 2022 in the morning (our time).

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Original news on March 4, 2022: It often seems as if there are insurmountable differences between the developers and the players of Pokémon Go. For the most part, some express their criticism very loudly and directly, and often out of fear of absolutely not being heard. And the others endure this noise with stoic calm - some may call it iron ignorance - while they feel they are cooking their soup the way they see fit.

Yes, there is probably something of a love-hate relationship between the players and the developers at Niantic in the broadest sense. But when it becomes necessary, they can stand together for the most part. And so Pokémon Go, Ingress and other players are happy to join the developers of the games in donating a few hundred thousand US dollars to a good cause.

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Niantic support in Ukraine conflict.

Inspired by its own employees raising more than $75,000 in donations to support the people and refugees of Ukraine, Niantic executives are also giving another $200,000 to the cause, the Pokémon Go and Ingress developers announced via Twitter and blog post. The money will go to humanitarian organizations including United Help Ukraine, Razom Inc, Charitable Fund Voices of Children, International Rescue Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council, Sunflower of Peace, International Medical Corps and UNICEF. "We hope for a peaceful resolution to this senseless war and violence, and our thoughts are with Ukraine and all those affected by this conflict," officials said.

Additionally, the Via-Lux Beacon, which was also used in the memorial for In gress player Kubilay, will be unlocked in Ingress. Fans who post game-related issues under the Twitter post are quickly admonished by players saying "this is not the right time." If only things could always be this peaceful between developers and players - and around the world in general.


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If you decide to donate to aid organizations to help those affected by the Ukraine conflict, you should considerdonating

money rather than goods for the time being, simply because needs change quickly. The German Central Institute for Social Issues has a fact sheet on how to recognize reputable aid organizations. Aktion Deutschland Hilft, for example, is an alliance of 23 German aid organizations that makes sure your donation gets to where it's needed. to the start page Jump to comments (1) Susanne Braun