While most countries are trying to work out how to handle the influx of Pokemon GO players, Iran has gone completely the other way.
The BBC has reported that Iran is now officially the first country to blanket ban the augmented reality game, citing security concerns. Iranian authorities reached out to Niantic apparently last month to see whether the developers would work with the country.
It's not known precisely what Iran would have wanted — whether it be a blanket removal of Pokemon, gyms and Pokestops from areas with national security interest, or whether they wanted certain features removed wholesale. Nevertheless, the game is now Poke-gone as far as Iranian officials are concerned.
Pokemon GO has been banned before, of course, but not by an entire country. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery have advised players to not catch Pokemon while touring the grounds and facilities. City of Canada Bay Council in Sydney successfully had multiple Pokestops removed following multiple complaints and mass gatherings outside residential areas.
Authorities in the Northern Territory reminded players via Facebook that it wasn't necessary to enter the Darwin police station to catch Pokemon, and NSW Courts also published an advisory reminding gamers that the use of recording devices was not permitted, regardless of how many Pikachu are about.