Playing Pokemon GO lets players experience an augmented reality overlayed on top of the real world, letting them catch Pokemon as they walk around outside. Unfortunately, though, the real world comes with certain dangers, as one Pokemon GO streamer who was mugged recently discovered.
Pokemon GO has changed its gameplay somewhat since its release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for the most part, the game still intends for players to get outside and get some fresh air, and that's where the trouble began for this streamer.
Anthony, the streamer in question, was playing Pokemon GO while simultaneously broadcasting to an audience via Twitch. What started out as a normal day catching Pokemon quickly turned sour and scary for this streamer, though. While the streamer was only broadcasting their screen, rather than their face through their phone's camera, the audio of the real world around them is clearly audible as the attack begins.
The 23-year-old streamer was actively working towards catching a Croagunk when the robbery began. He can be heard verbally recoiling from reportedly four assailants, who proceed to snatch the player's phone, keys, and vape, based on audio heard later in the recording. While the streamer seems to have been successful in locking his phone before the assailants got a hold of it, it didn't end particularly well for him, as the stream continues after the muggers run off with his property, even discussing using his keys to steal the gamer's car.
While Pokemon GO offers players an opportunity to get outside and get some exercise, it unfortunately also carries certain risks. The game always reminds players to remain aware of their surroundings, but unfortunately, there have still been numerous reports of players like this one experiencing assault linked to Pokemon GO, losing their property, or otherwise experiencing problems due to being fixated on their phones rather than the world around them while playing.
Unfortunately, players who have been content to enjoy Pokemon GO from home are likely finding it more difficult to remain sheltered inside these days. The game recently had some of its COVID-19-induced bonuses removed, making it more difficult to progress in the game without heading outside and walking around. While chances are that only a tiny fraction of the millions of active Pokemon GO players have experienced crime while playing the game, it should serve as a reminder to remain aware and cautious while outside, when playing the game or otherwise.