Of Condominium Associations and Pocket Monsters (Pokemon)

During Summer 2016, the Pokémon GO game for smartphones took the world by storm – leveraging novelty and nostalgia to get millions of Americans up off the couch and out of doors in ways that create important legal issues for condominium associations and other owners of real property.  In principle, augmented-reality location-based smartphone games have been available for almost all Americans since Google’s Niantic Labs released its title Ingress in 2014. Augmented reality (AR) is a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sounds, graphics, or GPS data. Though we may have ignored augmented reality in 2014, it is now less possible to ignore AR because Pokémon GO has been released to the delight of millions of users of all ages. These users have already spent hundreds of millions of hours playing the game: collecting the titular Pockét monsters by wandering the streets of our cities, towns, and condominium developments.     Read the article……………


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