Niantic gets sued for “virtual trespassing” caused by overenthusiastic PoGO players.
Overly dedicated Pokémon GO players have a tendency to go overboard when it comes to “catching them all” to the point that it might cause some problems for Niantic legally. In fact, the legal implications of PoGO gamers’ excessive enthusiasm has already manifested through a lawsuit filed by homeowners from Florida, Michigan, and New Jersey.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the lawsuit against Niantic is a case involving “virtual trespassing” as hordes of Pokémon GO players go as far as entering private property without the necessary consent from the owners in their quest to “catch ’em all.”
— Pokemon GO (@teampokemongo) April 5, 2017
This Pokémon GO update also cited by Breitbart reports how the group of homeowners in the three states mentioned before have collectively filed for negligence complaints for the misadventures of their players.
Aside from that, players of the mobile game that makes use of augmented reality filed a “virtual trespassing” lawsuit against Niantic, citing that the pocket monsters that players chase inside their private properties are breaking the law based on their argument cited by the Android Authority.
The argument claims that the placement of Pokémon characters and PokéStops is a form of trespassing, albeit virtual.
On top of that, some homeowners also report invasion of privacy by persistent players who aim their smartphone cameras in the quest to locate an elusive Pokémon to unwitting private individual’s windows which may violate their right to privacy, the Pokémon GO update reports.
In response, Niantic wants the case immediately dismissed and said that the complaints are based on distortion of laws, emphasizing that “noise, vibrations, dust, or a chemical cloud” which are deemed “insufficient for trespass” by the law are more intrusive than the coordinates the developers use to place the pocket monsters in the area.