Pokemon GO is the most successful mobile game in history. Gamers have taken to the streets in drove to find Pokemon and take gyms. And while the vast majority of PokeStops and gyms are at public places, a fair area of private property has some as well. So it was only a matter of time before the lawsuits started rolling. A class action suit filed in California seeks to hold Niantic responsible for players crossing into private property because of Pokemon GO. According to the suit, the class is specifically defined as ones who own property designated as a stop or gym:
All persons in the United States who own property (i) the GPS coordinates of which were designated by Defendants, without authorization, as Pokéstops or Pokémon gyms in the Pokémon Go mobile application or (ii) abutting property the GPS coordinates of which were designated by Defendants, without authorization, as Pokéstops or Pokémon gyms in the Pokémon Go mobile application.
I’m sure many of us would love to live at a PokeStop. However, I can understand it being a nuisance to unknowingly facilitate a PokeStop or gym. It probably wasn’t the best idea to mindlessly include private property when assigning the stops and gyms out of the Ingress data. I’m not sure exactly how Niantic plans to respond. It wouldn’t be too difficult to remove data from land marked as residential, but it wouldn’t be easy either. Regardless, a simple “Do Not Trespass” message isn’t going to appease anyone.