It is clear that the launch of Pokemon Go in Japan signified a wider release in the region. Niantic’s hit app is now officially launched in more than 15 countries in Asia and Oceania, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Micronesia and Palau. Many people in these places started to playing Pokemon Go. As now the game is officially available, they can get it directly from the App Store or Google Play.
As TechCrunch noted, this latest Asian expansion leaves out massive mobile markets: China, Korea and India. Niantic CEO John Hanke told Forbes in July that they have problems expanding in Korea as the information in Google Maps country is very limited for reasons of safety for the operations over the North’s activities.
In China, the company still has regulatory hurdles to overcome. It remains unclear why the game is still not in India, but Niantic admitted in the past that its problems with the server slowing down the release of game.