Therese Coffey, the MP for Suffolk Coastal, told BuzzFeed she had received a complaint from a rural constituent whose home has been marked as a gym in the Pokémon Go app, leading to people converging on the property to do battle.
“This whole thing is out in the countryside,” Coffey said. “They’re just somewhat unsettled by strangers randomly showing up by their house, which I guess in the middle of a town you wouldn’t notice, but they do.”
“I will follow up with Nintendo and alert the digital minister,” Coffey added.
The MP won’t be able to raise her concerns about Pokémon Go in parliament as her position as an environment minister doesn’t allow her to table question in the House of Commons.
While Coffey admitted she had yet to play the game and will have to do more research before taking action, Coffey said it raised the question of who owns “virtual space.”
Pokémon Go uses GPS technology to integrate local landmarks into the game, the aim of which is to catch creatures and battle for territory.
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