If you’ve spent any time online reading about Pokémon Go, either on Facebook or Twitter, there’s pretty good chance you’ve seen the relentless demand for the game’s release in Brazil. Well, the wait is over. Niantic announced on the Pokémon Go Facebook page the launch of the game in Central and South America, just in time for the Rio Olympics.
The demand for Pokemon Go in Brazil grew so great that even Eduardo Paes, mayor of Olympic host city Rio, chimed in on Facebook last month, telling Ninatic “Everybody’s coming. You should come on down too”, before adding #PokemonGoNoBrasil (translating to #PokemonGoInBrazil).
The update on Facebook also mentions the removal of legendary Pokémon from trainers account, which have been confirmed as a glitch, and assurance the battery-saving feature for iOS devices will return in a future update.
In related news Japanese Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura blew nearly $5000 on Pokémon Go while playing in Rio ahead of the Olympics. According to the story by Time he was under the impression his phone’s data plan allowed for global roaming and played the game non-stop, racking up ¥500,000 in data costs. Thankfully Uchimura excessive phone bill waived by his provider.