A few days ago, it was reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, put forth a directive forbidding registered sex offenders from playing Pokemon GO. This comes after a revelation from New York Senators Jeffrey D. Klein and Diane Savino discovered that there were numerous Pokemon, Pokestops, and Pokemon Gyms within a half block of 100 registered sex offenders in New York City.
Cuomo took it a step further and wrote a letter to Niantic CEO John Hanke offering to send New York’s sex offender registry to him so that the company could block the offenders from playing the game.
Now a new bill has been introduced which would prevent augmented reality games, like Pokemon GO, from placing game objectives, like Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms within 100 feet of where a registered sex offender lives.
After hearing of robbery attempts where lures had been set to bring unsuspecting victims to criminals, it is nice to see New York state taking such a proactive approach with it’s sex offenders. However the bill that has been introduced could prove to be quite a chore for game developers.
One thing is for sure, sex offenders will have a much harder time finding that elusive Lickitung.