New York Governor bans sex offenders from playing Pokémon Go

Andrew Cuomo expressed concern over sex offenders using the hit game

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has banned registered sex offenders from playing Pokémon Go in the state of New York.

Cuomo announced on Monday (August 1) that 3,000 sex offenders currently on parole would be restricted from playing the hit game.

In an open letter to the game’s developers Niantic, Cuomo also offered to send the state’s sex offender registry data so that those users could be automatically blocked from playing.


“Protecting New York’s children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims,” Cuomo wrote. “These actions will provide safeguards for the players of these augmented reality games and help take one more tool away from those seeking to do harm to our children.”

Meanwhile, Niantic have announced that they are developing a Harry Potter version of their game following the success of Pokémon Go.