Pokemon Go is a Go for Rio Olympics

The maker of the wildly popular augmented reality game says it will be available in Rio as spectators and athletes descend on the city for the Olympics.

Niantic, creator of “Pokemon Go,” is rolling out the popular game for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after all, according to the Associated Press.

The augmented reality game became available in Brazil late Wednesday. Earlier reports suggested it would not be available during the games.

Pokemon Go — which broke records for new app downloads when it was released in July — allows people to walk around in the real world and “catch” animated creatures, known as Pokemon. You can then upgrade the Pokemon, and battle other people’s Pokemon in “gyms” scattered around parts of the world.

While the game blows through data plans and drains batteries, it also creates social situations. Dozens of people sometimes gather in spots where the Pokemon spawn, calling out when some of the more “rare” creatures pop up.

Do you play Pokemon Go? If so, tell us about your team’s rarest Pokemon. Or does the game’s appeal escape you? Let us know in comments below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

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