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Russia: Muscovites receive EMERCOM classes on Pokemon Go safe play02:35

Russia: Muscovites receive EMERCOM classes on Pokemon Go safe play

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 25, 2016 at 20:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) held a masterclass in Moscow on Monday, to educate people how to safely play the highly popular Pokemon Go game on the streets of the capital.

In order ensure a large turnout at the masterclass, rescuers reportedly equipped it with a special Lure Module "bait" for Pokemons, which makes lots of virtual creatures rush to the spot.

EMERCOM officials informed the public that the reason behind the masterclasses were reported fatalities and injuries involving Pokemon Go players around the world. In several reported incidents, players' obsession with the game caused them to ignore real-life dangers. Cases of people drowning in a pond or falling off a cliff in the pursuit of virtual creatures have been reported.

The mobile game has garnered massive public attention since its launch, with millions of players and downloads, sparking a cultural phenomenon.

The game is free to play and operates on the basis of a player's location, determining which of the Pokemon creatures will appear and whether the player can capture it.

Although the game has not officially launched in Russia, players have found a way to download it and start playing.

Russia: Muscovites receive EMERCOM classes on Pokemon Go safe play02:35
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The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) held a masterclass in Moscow on Monday, to educate people how to safely play the highly popular Pokemon Go game on the streets of the capital.

In order ensure a large turnout at the masterclass, rescuers reportedly equipped it with a special Lure Module "bait" for Pokemons, which makes lots of virtual creatures rush to the spot.

EMERCOM officials informed the public that the reason behind the masterclasses were reported fatalities and injuries involving Pokemon Go players around the world. In several reported incidents, players' obsession with the game caused them to ignore real-life dangers. Cases of people drowning in a pond or falling off a cliff in the pursuit of virtual creatures have been reported.

The mobile game has garnered massive public attention since its launch, with millions of players and downloads, sparking a cultural phenomenon.

The game is free to play and operates on the basis of a player's location, determining which of the Pokemon creatures will appear and whether the player can capture it.

Although the game has not officially launched in Russia, players have found a way to download it and start playing.