As Russian natives are coming to terms with the loss of Instagram and Facebook today, there's another app being removed from the country – and it could see a much bigger outrage.
Pokemon Go has been a mainstay for mobile gamers since 2016, racking up millions upon millions of users worldwide.
But now the popular game, which allows users to hunt for Pokemon in the real world, is being pulled after creators Niantic expressed its shock at the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In a Twitter statement, the company said: “Niantic's games are no longer available for download in Russia and Belarus, and gameplay will also be suspended there shortly.
“We stand with the global community in hoping for peace and a rapid resolution to the violence and suffering in Ukraine."
This also means several other games will be pulled from the Russian market, including the newly-released Pikmin Bloom, the highly popular Ingress Prime.
However, some on social media did not agree with the decision.
One user, Yvonne Henket wrote: “I get the need to stand with the Ukraine, which we all need to do, but by doing this you only punish the citizens of Russia.
“They aren't all agreeing with their Government and Putin can't care less.”
And @ShiinaKagarii wrote: “(What is) the sense of punishing two populations at random?
“Ah yes, Putin is a huge Pokémon Go fan, he will definitely stop the war to get back to playing, “Good job as always Niantic.”
Pokemon is the second-most successful gaming franchise in history, and while the PoGo games are being pulled, it is not clear whether or not that Pokemon Nintendo games will also be pulled from the country.
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