Robbing Pokémon Go Players: It’s Super Effective!

Publication Title
The Young Turks
Publication/Creation Date
July 11 2016
Cenk Uygur (creator)
John Iadarola (creator)
Media Type
Web Series
Persuasive Intent
Pokémon Go users are becoming victims of crime. Pokémon Go ambushes are now a thing. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. “The new augmented reality game Pokemon Go has gotten people off the couch and into the real world. But police in O’Fallon, Missouri say that four men have used the game to find players at a specific location, and robbed them using a handgun. About eight or nine people have been robbed by four men over the past couple of days, a spokesperson from the O’Fallon Police Department told Gizmodo over the phone. The latest robbery occurred Sunday morning at around 2am by the men in a black BMW before they were finally apprehended by police. The suspects used the Pokemon Go game to find their victims by anticipating where people might go through popular PokeStops—virtual sites in the game that can be designated at any real world location, from businesses to parking lots to churches. The four men who were apprehended all range in age from 16 to 18. Their names and what they stole from their victims have not been released.” Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola
HCI Platform
Location on Body

Date archived
July 12 2016
Last edited
April 4 2018
How to cite this entry
Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola. (July 11 2016). "Robbing Pokémon Go Players: It’s Super Effective!". The Young Turks. The Young Turks. Fabric of Digital Life.