Pokémon Go apologises for server problems after alleged hack

Users have experienced connectivity issues in recent days

The creators of Pokémon Go have issued a statement following a series of server issues over the weekend.

The game, which became available in the UK last Thursday, is an app-based augmented-reality edition of the popular video game franchise and sees the fictional creatures superimposed into real life settings. Users can roam the real world to search for Pokémon.

Many trainers began experiencing connectivity problems at the weekend due to the high volume of users attempting to connect to the server. The game has proved so successful that it recently became the most popular mobile game in US history.

A statement from the creators reads, “Due to the incredible number of Pokémon Go downloads, some Trainers are experiencing server connectivity issues. Don’t worry, our team is on it!”

Meanwhile, a hacking group called PoodleCorp has claimed responsibility for the server issues on Twitter, with the alleged leader of the group later writing, “Just was a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon.”

https://twitter.com/PoodleCorp/status/754298236093857792

The game has attracted controversy since its release, with police in Australia issuing a warning over gamer safety that users should be aware of their surroundings, while it has also been reported that a gamer found a dead body while playing the game.

In other Pokémon Go news, an Australian was sacked earlier this week after complaining that the game isn’t available in his new home of Singapore. According to the Daily Mail, Aussie expat Sonny Truyen wrote on Facebook over the weekend: “You can’t f*****g catch Pokémon in this piece of f*****g s*** country.”

That was after new statistics suggested that in the US, Pokémon Go is already as popular as Twitter, and more popular than Tinder.

A man has even quit his job to embark on a two-month long Pokémon Go hunt, while reports suggest that a Pokémon Go film could be in the works.