Niantic’s popular Pokémon Go mobile game has launched in South Korea, and early statistics show it has attracted plenty of new fans. Downloads hit 2.83 million on the first day of availability — January 24 — despite it not using Google Maps, which is restricted in South Korea.
Exactly what services are used instead of Google Maps hasn’t been specified, saying only that various public data and map services were used. The game launched simultaneously on iOS and Android.
Data from analytics company WiseApp shows the number of players reached 4.28 million on January 26, up from the 2.91 million players soon after launch. Downloads have slowed down to less than a million each day, but the company’s stats put Pokémon Go at the top of its trending app list.
Internationally, the game has been updated with speed improvements during loading, fixes for connectivity problems with the Pokémon Go Plus wearable accessory, and further compatibility with the Apple Watch.