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Pokemon Go makers slapped with lawsuit because players trespass on properties

By Mason White 7:04 AM August 9, 2016
Playing Pokemon Go (illustration) 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A man who was sick and tired of people trespassing on his property while playing games on their phones, filed a lawsuit against the makers of Pokemon Go, according to court documents in California.

Jeffrey Marder of West Orange, New Jersey, claims that Niantic, the makers of Pokemon Go, are responsible for the intentional placements of Pokemon, Pokestops and Pokegyms,on properties that do not belong to them.

Marder told the court that the game developers have benefited from encouraging millions of players to play Pokemon Go on private property without the consent of the owners.

The game uses GPS on a smartphone, and directs players to walk to locations in search of imaginary creatures. The game also uses Pokestops and Pokegyms for meeting players and gaining points.

Marder claims that since the release of the game, strangers have been outside his home with their mobile phones in their hands.

At least five players knocked on Marder’s door asking for permission to capture Pokemon in the backyard of the house.