Danish uni: No Pokémon battles on building sites

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Danish uni: No Pokémon battles on building sites
Pokémon Go was released in July 2016. Photo: Morten Dueholm/Scanpix DK

A Danish university has asked for players of the Pokémon game to respect a no trespassing policy on its property.


The hunt for Pokémon on newly-released smart phone game Pokémon Go has gone stratospheric since it was introduced earlier this month. Denmark is no exception to the new craze, with a Copenhagen university having to ask for passers by not to enter a restricted building site to battle with the virtual monsters.
The game, which is played through an app that uses smart phone cameras and data from Google Maps, mixes virtual and real words together by placing the Pokémon monsters at various locations throughout, where they can be 'caught' by collectors.
Another aspect of the game's virtual landscape is the Pokémon Gym - where characters can battle against each other.
After one such 'gym' was discovered on the grounds of the Technical University of Denmark, where construction work is currently taking place, a number of people tried to break in. 
The university has asked via its website that players refrain from trespassing on the building site.
DTU's security coordinator Jon Elmund told broadcaster DR that entering the area could be dangerous.
"We encourage people to stay away from the building site. It is illegal to be there without legitimate reason and can be associated with real danger," he said.
It is not the first time the Pokémon have popped up in inappropriate places - one of the monsters was also found at Berlin's Holocaust Memorial, provoking criticism from the foundation that runs the memorial.
Elmund told DR that the university had contacted the game's developers to request that the gym be removed from its grounds.
The university's did later admit on its Twitter account, though, that it was proud to have Pokémon monsters loose on campus - and that staff had already found 37 of them.



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