The game is not yet available in Brazil
Pokémon Go has been released in 30 countries, including the United States, France, and Australia. However, it still isn’t available in Brazil, and some people are quite unhappy about it because the 2016 Summer Olympics begin on Friday in Rio de Janeiro.
Several Olympic athletes who have already arrived in Rio have taken to social media to share their disappointment about not being able to play the Niantic-created game while they compete in what will most likely be the biggest sporting event of their lives.
“Want to know the worst thing about the Olympic village? No @PokemonGoApp. Otherwise, it’s incredible,” tweeted American diver Abby Johnston last week.
Even Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes has chimed in on the problem. Three weeks ago, Paes said in Facebook status directed at Nintendo, “The whole world’s coming here. Come too!” (Translation provided by Google Translate.)
It’s unclear if the game will be released in Brazil in time for the Olympics. A spokesperson for Niantic had no comment for EW’s inquiry.
The lack of cute yet battle-ready animals in Brazil is one of the more minor problems facing the 2016 Summer Olympics; there are much greater concerns about water pollution and the threat of the Zika virus. The athletes’ dorms in the Olympic village were experiencing plumbing and electricity issues as recently as last week, forcing some athletes to stay in hotels.
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games begin Friday with the Opening Ceremony, which will air 7:30 p.m. on NBC.