Pokémon GO has officially taken the world by storm, with developers Niantic, Inc. announcing that the popular game and cultural phenomenon has just surpassed 500 million downloads across both Android and iOS mobile devices.
The app, a location-based game which encourages users to leave their house to find and catch Pokémon, achieved record-breaking sales in its first week of launch, making it one of the most successful games of all time. Today, Pokémon GO is played in more than 100 countries around the world.
This incredible global success comes just in time for The Pokémon Company’s 20 year celebrations, with CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara confirming that the app is “…an incredible reminder of how many people around the world love Pokémon”. And despite much of the hype subsiding, prospects are high for the future of the game. In fact, CEO of Niantic, Inc. John Hanke recently announced that Pokémon GO will make its way on to Apple Watch later this year, offering yet “…another way people can incorporate the game into their daily lives, even more seamlessly.”
However, for many, Pokémon GO’s greatest achievement lies not in its money-making abilities, but within the legions of social connections the game has forged since its release in June of this year. The augmented reality game requires that people explore every corner of their surroundings to catch Pokémon characters, often waiting for hours at a time for that rare monster to rear its head. What has resulted, is an incredible incentive for users to leave their houses and socialise with others; all based on a mutual devotion to ‘catch ‘em all’.
In recognising these profound social and physical benefits, Karma Kandara have jumped on the Pokémon GO band-wagon, offering guests and their families the chance to catch rare Pokémon species hidden amongst one of the world’s most breathtaking natural landscapes.
What’s more than this, Bali is an island where players can catch all Pokemon types within a 5km radius while Karma Kandara is the only location in the south that has a Pokestop.
Moreover, the drive up to Karma Kandara is a Pokemon Hunters’ heaven with at least 20+ Pokemon up for grabs as one drives through the villages.
Discover a Pikachu at Karma Kandara’s Temple Bar and Lounge, or a Bulbasaur on the secluded Karma Beach. A Pokémon GO tour map has been put together to help guests find the monsters, so make sure you pick one up at reception upon your next visit.
And after a day spent collecting Pokémon, reward yourself with our exclusive Pokémon Go-inspired offers such as 15% off food and beverage when activating a lure at Karma Beach, 10% off food and beverage when displaying your catch and Pokémon Mocktail for children.