True Corp plans Thailand launch of Pokémon Go game in September


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  • Friday, 22 Jul 2016

A customer walks in front of the True shop at a department store in Bangkok, Thailand, November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

BANGKOK: Thailand telecoms company True Corp Pcl plans to launch Nintendo Co Ltd's smash-hit mobile phone game Pokémon GO in the country in September, a top executive at the Thai firm said. 

True chief executive Suphachai Chearavanont told reporters the launch will be facilitated by the company's appointment in 2014 as the only master licensee to manage Pokémon content and expand the business in Thailand, a fast growing mobile game market in South-East Asia. 

The exact launch date will be decided by Japan's Nintendo, he said, adding the game will be available for free downloads to users of any mobile service. 

True is controlled by Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont's Charoen Pokphand Group. 

Pokémon GO, which marries a classic 20-year-old franchise with augmented reality, has become an instant hit globally. Players walk around real-life places, search out and capture Pokémon cartoon characters on their smartphones. — Reuters

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