Pokémon GO Developer Invasion Case Ends

Pokémon GO Developer Invasion Case Ends
Homeowners who found virtual Pokémon in their gardens have settled legal action with Niantic.

(CCM) — Pokémon GO developer Niantic has agreed a financial settlement with angry householders who found that the company had put Pokémon virtual monsters on their properties without seeking their permission first, according to a BBC report.

Some of the householders became annoyed when Pokémon GO players started ringing their doorbells and asking permission to enter their private gardens to catch the digital creatures. They claimed that the game constituted a "continuing invasion," according to the report.

One complainant, Jeffery Marder of West Orange, New Jeresey, said that five people had asked him for permission to go into his backyard to catch the Pokémon that Niantic had positioned there. The complainants alleged that the positioning of the monsters and the requests for access interfered with the "use and enjoyment" of their land, the report added.

Soon after the game's release, developer Niantic removed Pokémon from several locations which were deemed to be inappropriate, including Washington's Holocaust Museums and a cemetery in Alabama.

Marder and other complainants sought damages for the distress that they have suffered due to Pokémon GO, and although Niantic has settled the case the amount that each complainant will receive has not been made public.

Image: © Niantic.