* Pokémon GO has been banned in Iran<ref>[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36989526 Pokemon Go banned by Iranian authorities over 'security' | BBC]</ref> and Mainland China<ref>[https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2017/01/10/pokemon-go-isnt-coming-to-china-any-time-soon Pokémon Go banned by China authorities over 'safety' and 'security' | Forbes]</ref> due to security concerns. However, some Iranians are still playing the game publicly regardless.<ref>[https://www.yahoo.com/tech/iranians-hunt-pokemon-despite-ban-071914210.html Iranians hunt Pokemon despite ban | Yahoo]</ref>
* On April 1, 2014, over two years before the release of Pokémon GO, Google released a minigame inside of Google Maps to catch Pokémon in celebration of April Fools' Day. On the same day, Google also released a companion YouTube video<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YMD6xELI_k Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge]</ref> advertising the position of [[Pokémon Master]] at the company.
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