To say that the government is attacking Pokemon GO would sound like the ramblings of an old man, but there’s more truth to this than people may realize. The US government has shut down the ability to use GPS.
Now, this isn’t anything to do with Pokemon GO, technically speaking. The US Air Force has begun their annual war games. This year is one of the largest aerial war games they’ve done yet, called Red Flag and taking place out of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
What does this have to do with GPS though? The GPS is a government-owned and operated system. Their shutting down of GPS was In order for them to test how pilots perform without fully functioning technology.
As a side effect of these games, there will be GPS shortages in parts of New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, California, Arizona, Wyoming, Oregon, Utah, and Montana. Since Pokemon GO requires both data and GPS setting in order to operate, this means that the game will not function in these areas.
The exercises plan to last until the middle of February, and the lack of Pokemon hunting along with it.
If you’re experiencing these issues, have no fear. The game isn’t entirely cut off from you. Pokemon GO should still function just fine on Wifi networks.