In The Media | 14 July 2016

How Pokémon Go is creating a barrier for gamers with disabilities

There is no viral phenomenon that’s brought people together quite like Pokémon Go. The augmented reality gaming app has taken the internet and world by storm, as people are desperate to catch and collect the characters, making friends and getting fit along the way.

The game is appealing to virtually everyone, but it’s simply not accessible for some players. Pokémon Go is limiting for people with physical disabilities, and the physical requirements needed to play the game—like moving around the environment to collect Pokémon, and walking a certain distance to hatch eggs—make it hard or impossible for some people to play.