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Around the World With Pokemon Go

Following its initial release on July 6th, Pokemon Go continues to roll out in countries around the world, including Japan, the birthplace of the franchise. Fans everywhere have taken to their local streets, parks, museums and landmarks on the hunt for virtual monsters in real locations.

  1. Sydney


    Dozens of people gather to play Pokemon Go in front of the Sydney Opera House. Australia was an initial launch country, along with the U.S. and New Zealand.

    Photographer: William West/AFP via Getty Images

  2. Barcelona


    A young woman plays Pokemon Go in front of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The augmented reality game, which layers digital imagery over real environs, was developed by Niantic, a small San Francisco startup.

  3. Istanbul


    A Pokemon Go player at the Galata Bridge in Istanbul. “Our intent was that people would become aware of their surroundings, accidentally,” says Niantic CEO John Hanke, who previously worked on Google Earth.

    Photographer: Muhammed Enes Yildirim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  4. Gaza


    Girls in Gaza searching for Pokemon amid rubble of houses destroyed in the 2014 war with Israel. 

    Photographer: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

  5. Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia

    Saudi men keeping their eyes on their screens in Riyadh. Some analysts estimate the game has been downloaded more than 20 million times.

    Photographer: AFP via Getty Images

  6. Lagos


    Timi Ajiboye, a 23-year-old software developer, walks between taxis at the University of Lagos while playing in Nigeria.

    Photographer: Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images

  7. New Zealand

    New Zealand

    Hunters look for elusive Pokemon on the top of Mount Eden in Auckland, New Zealand. 

    Photographer: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

  8. Indonesia


    A woman plays Pokemon Go at Gembira Loka Zoo in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 

    Photographer: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

  9. New York

    New York

    Local authorities around the world have released safety messages to warn players to stay alert, such as this screen in the 14th Street subway station in New York City. 

    Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  10. Syria


    A Syrian gamer plays Pokemon Go amidst the rubble in the besieged rebel-controlled town of Douma, a flashpoint east of the capital Damascus.

    Photographer: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP via Getty Images

  11. Athens


    Athenians take part at a Pokemon Go Night Tour, at Monastiraki square, central Athens. Niantic plans to sell sponsorships that allow stores to become locations where players can gather special items.

    Photographer: Panayiotis Tzamaros/NurPhoto via Getty Images

  12. Tokyo


    In Japan, eager fans had to watch the game launch in 35 other countries before finally being able to play it themselves, in the country where Pokemon was created. As one analyst said, “Everyone had been waiting for this.”

    Photographs: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg