Since the game was launched in the Netherlands, thousands of Pokémon hunters have crowded the vast, windswept beaches of Kijkduin, south of the Hague, where hundreds of the game’s most popular monsters spawn daily.
The volume of players roaming the beaches in the so-called Pokémon capital of the Netherlands have prompted concern over the potential damage being done to the protected dunes surrounding the area.
The authorities now “want to ban these small virtual animals in protected areas and in the streets from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am,” the municipality said in a statement.
The Hague authorities said they had been trying to contact Niantic since mid-August but without success. “We had no other choice” but to go to court, they said.
The case will be heard before a court in the Hague on 11 October.
“Kijkduin will remain an attractive place for Pokémon hunters, but there will be less trouble for the residents and the damage to protected areas will be limited,” the municipality said.
The Pokémon Company, which licenses the franchise, said in August that Niantic was collating all the requests to withdraw the game from certain areas, or to add new pokestops where gamers can collect virtual goods.
The most recent update led to the Hiroshima and Berlin Holocaust memorials disappearing as landmarks within the game. In Poland, the former concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau has also asked to be withdrawn from the game. Players were also banned from entering the Cambodian genocide museum in August and warned not to venture into the Fukushima disaster zone in Japan in July.
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