Pokemon GO has attracted millions of players from all around the world, but while trainers seem to enjoy themselves on the most part, some non-Pokemon GO players don’t seem to be as happy about the way the game works, especially in public areas that used to provide peace and quiet to locals who are now bothered by countless smartphone users in search of Pokemon. More to the topic at hand, a couple in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, is suing Niantic Inc. and Nintendo on account that their “once quiet street [has] degenerated into a nightmare” following the release of Pokemon GO.
For the past several weeks the Wahby Park in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, has apparently experienced a major shift in population density, all due to Pokemon GO players who seem to be in an endless quest to catch them all. The park used to be a quiet place, according to Scott Dodich and Jayme Gotts-Dodich, who have filed a lawsuit against Niantic and Nintendo for turning the once quiet park into a safety threat. According to the couple’s complaints “we don’t feel safe sitting on our porch”, adding that they have been threatened by Pokemon GO players who are apparently hiding in the bushes at dusk until the police close the park, and then come back to continue their Pokemon chase, all the while ignoring the private neighborhood’s rules by trespassing, peering into windows, and parking in front of driveways. The couple’s complaint says that “plaintiffs’ once quiet street degenerated into a nightmare”, and Gotts-Dodich even claims that at one point, when asked to leave her property a stubborn Pokemon GO player told her to shut up “or else”.
Scott Dodich and Jayme Gotts-Dodich want property owners in the United States who have dealt with Pokemon GO players in similar manners to unite their forces and file a class-action lawsuit against Niantic and Nintendo. As yet, neither Niantic nor Nintendo has responded to the complaints, but it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first lawsuit against the companies following the launch of Pokemon GO. At the beginning of August a man from New Jersey also filed a lawsuit against the game’s developer on account that the game generates Pokemon and points of interest in the real world, disregarding private properties and the effect the game has had in areas that used to have low traffic.