Corporate Germany Is Saying ‘Poké No’, and So Are City Officials

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The popularity of Pokémon Go doesn’t show signs of fading anytime soon, and now the effects of the game are starting to wear thin on some city officials and German companies who are seeing the lighthearted game holding up operations.

Major German industrial giants are now having to push through new workplace rules that restrict the use of the game by employees who are on the clock. Volkswagen told its Wolfsburg plant workers that the game is a distraction and putting its 70,000 employees in danger from the lack of attention provided by those using the game at work.

“Don’t Pokémon and Work”

Other large companies are issuing similar warnings to its employees, including Koetter, Evonik, ThyssenKrupp and Volksbank in Düsseldorf, who went so far as to warn that the game could leak sensitive banking information kept on the phones.

Even city officials in Düsseldorf are beginning to see their patience for the game decrease. The popular Girardet Bridge is a hot spot for players, and while the city seemed to embrace the game when it launched by adding portable bathrooms, and even considered adding food trucks, the decision of re-route traffic is proving to be a major headache as the weeks go on.

The city has now reached out to the developers of Pokémon Go to have the four Pokéstops removed from the game. City mayor Thomas Geisel even paid a visit to the bridge to see the mayhem for himself and announced that the city will stop accommodating players at the end of the school holiday.

Cologne has also seen its patience with the game wear thin as officials there have reached out to the makers of the game to have the Cologne Cathedral Pokéstop removed.

Until Pokémon Go’s popularity fades, more companies and cities will undoubtedly continue to make policy changes to address the negative impacts of the game, especially in the workplace. As ThyssenKrupp so easily put it:  “Don’t Pokémon and Work.”

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Sources: Express, The Local

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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