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'Ojek' services popular among Pokemon Go players

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, July 15, 2016  /  12:36 pm
'Ojek' services popular among Pokemon Go players

Even driving, people are still focused on playing Pokemon Go. (shutterstock.com/Syafiq Adnan/-)

Although not officially launched in Indonesia, Pokemon Go has quickly become a hit among Indonesians, especially those living in big cities like Jakarta and Bandung.

Interestingly, players have come up with a solution to hunt Pokemon in a more practical way, using ojek (motorcycle taxi) services. 

“[Pokemon Go] is indeed very popular. I just transported [players] to a location,” Iwan Maulana, 38, an ojek driver in Bandung who posted an ad regarding the service on Facebook, told tempo.co on Thursday.

(Read also: Pokemon Go Uber could be the next big thing)

Iwan was surprised to see how some players were willing to risk their life to catch the Pokemon. He said that a motorcyclist had almost got himself killed when trying to hunt Pokemon while driving. He also saw a group of junior high school students get out of their car to catch Pokemon using their smartphones. He believes that it is safer to use an ojek for the hunt.

The augmented reality game requires players to hunt for Pokemon creatures outdoors, while constantly checking their phones, which can be dangerous if they are not paying attention to their surroundings.

National Police Spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar told kompas.com on Thursday that people were prohibited from playing Pokemon Go while driving. “It is possible for the Pokemon Go game to be dangerous for the public. People should be aware, especially when they play the game in public places,” he said. (kes)

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