Niantic Releases Statement On Pokemon GO's Availability In SEA

And although the game is not available in China, the world's biggest smartphone and online gaming market, some people there fear it could become a Trojan horse for offensive action by the United States and Japan.

Proofpoint, a security firm, says that even though safe APKs are out there, but malicious versions containing malware appeared within 72 hours of the release of the game.

Pokemon Go has emerged as a global craze with players hooked to their handsets since it launched in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington asked people not to play Pokemon Go on their phones during their visit, branding it "extremely inappropriate". The number of users of Pokemon Go on Android has reached 60 percent in the U.S. alone.

The augmented reality game is now available as a free download from the App Store and Google Play.

If fortyseven communications, the agency which represents Pokemon Go developer Niantic is to be believed, don't expect it in your country any time soon.

Niantic's previous game, Ingress, features a network of brands mapped to on-street locations, the FT said, adding that CEO John Hanke hinted at similar advertising in Pokemon Go. Candy Crush, at its height, boasted around 93 million daily active users globally.

Hanke said the company is working on the mapping issue.

Augmented reality superimposes a virtual layer on top of the real world. This means we're a ways away from having a comprehensive picture of how the game is faring on an worldwide scale.

"I think it's been a huge success because it's appealed to the "millennial" generation who've grown up with Pokemon and now have a chance to re-enact the cartoon in real life", he said.

The stand-alone APK file was the easiest way to install Pokemon Go on an Android device in a country where the game wasn't yet launched, and for some reason, Nintendo has made a decision to no longer allow users to turn to this method to play the game.