Augmented Reality: Nostalgic Escape, or Legal Nightmare?
Publication TitleNorth Carolina Journal of Law & Technology
Publication DateMarch 23 2017
DescriptionIn late July Pokémon Go, an app for smartphones, launched and instantly made headlines. For years, Niantic worked to create the first “real world gaming” platform, and created the app for a worldwide market. The game immediately gathered a huge following, with millions of people roaming parks, neighborhoods, and busy cities to catch virtual monsters. Teens travelled in packs with their eyes on their phones, hatching eggs of the creatures they once only saw on trading cards. While the app died down, losing a third of its players by mid-August, it still ignited a wave of crimes, which showed up in newspapers around the country.