Pokemon GO Players Asked Not To Play Inside Holocaust Museum

Unfortunately for both landmarks, it appears as if each is marked as a Pokestop in-game, meaning that when players visit them, they gain access to various benefits such as medicine and candy to boost the stats of owned Pokemon.

Andrew Hollinger, the Holocaust Memorial Museum's communications director, said the museum, dedicated to victims of Nazism, was not an appropriate place for those playing the game.

After players were seen battling for control of Auschwitz, Dachau and Sachsenhausen and were met with outrage, the company removed the former Nazi camps from game locations.

A spokesman for the Auschwitz Memorial said that any presence of the game there, or at any other memorials and Holocaust museums, was "absolutely inappropriate".

"Pokemon Go" is a hugely popular new reality game that uses Global Positioning System and allows players to search locations in the real world to find virtual little creatures.

Among them: a memorial, a museum, and a place of solemn remembrance.

Officials with the museum say they are trying to find out if they can be excluded from the game.

Since "Pokemon Go" was released on July 6, it quickly made noise and became sought-after.

A now-deleted post on the photo site Imgur shows Koffing, a poisonous gas pokemon, located near a sign for the museum's Helena Rubinstein Auditorium.

Game developers Niantic Labs did not immediately respond to the newspaper's question of whether it could stop Pokemon from popping up inside the museum. "It's not like we came here to play", said one. Even the app has only been launched in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia, the fervor and excitement has been observed around the world as users have taken to different alternate measures to install the game on their devices.

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