Jio brings 'Pokeman Go' to India; ties up with Niantic

MUMBAI: Reliance Jio Infocomm today delighted Indian gamers by bringing the sought-after, first-of-its-kind, Augmented Reality game 'Pok?mon GO' to India in a partnership withNiantic, Inc.- publisher and developer of Pok?mon GO in association with The Pok?mon Company. With this partnership, thousands of Reliance Digital Stores and select partner premises in India will appear as ?Pok?Stops? or ?Gyms? in the Pok?mon GO game beginning 14 December, 2016.

This launch is in line with Jio?s mission to empower Indians with opportunities that are fuelled by the power of data and a Digital Life and to delight them on an ongoing basis with entertainment-based apps, such as ?Pok?mon GO,? the leading app in the gaming category.

?We are delighted to partner with Jio to launch Pok?mon GO in India,? said Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke. ?It?s exciting to see Pok?mon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pok?mon and Jio?s disruptive high speed 4G LTE Network will be an excellent way to experience the game.?

The two companies will work together to bring Indians a richer and more enjoyable mobile entertainment experience for Pok?mon GO, including activating Jio retail locations and charging stations as Pok?Stops and Gyms within the game and allowing Indians to catch, train, and battle at any of Jio?s outlets throughout the country.

On Jio?s social messaging app, JioChat, Pok?mon players have access to an exclusive Pok?mon Go Channel. The Pok?mon Go Channel will enable Pok?mon Go players to collaborate and be part of an exciting community of players with daily tips, contests, clues, and special events. The Pok?mon Go Channel on JioChat a fun way to socialize with other players and level-up faster.

?With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pok?mon GO officially in India on the Reliance Jio network,? said Reliance Jio president Mathew Oommen. ?Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pok?mon GO app but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio?s one-of-a-kind mobile broadband network.?

The partnership puts Pok?mon GO players on a world-class all-IP data strong network, and during the Happy New Year Offer, Jio SIM customers will be able to download and play Pok?mon GO without incurring data charges, like any other apps and content, till 31 March 2017.

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