Pokemon Go comes to Thailand in September

Pokemon Go comes to Thailand in September

This picture taken on July 16, 2016 shows a group of Indonesians playing Pokemon Go on the streets in Banda Aceh, as they joined the frenzy for the game that has become a worldwide hit and blamed for a wave of crimes, traffic violations and complaints in cities around the globe. Indonesia has ordered police not to play Pokemon Go while on duty and will soon ban military personnel as well, officials said July 20, as the armed forces chief warned the smartphone game was a security threat. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN
This picture taken on July 16, 2016 shows a group of Indonesians playing Pokemon Go on the streets in Banda Aceh, as they joined the frenzy for the game that has become a worldwide hit and blamed for a wave of crimes, traffic violations and complaints in cities around the globe. Indonesia has ordered police not to play Pokemon Go while on duty and will soon ban military personnel as well, officials said July 20, as the armed forces chief warned the smartphone game was a security threat. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

True Corp Plc plans to launch Nintendo Co Ltd's smash-hit mobile phone game Pokemon Go in the country in September, a top executive at the firm said on Thursday.

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True plans launch of Pokemon Go in September

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True Corp Plc plans to launch Nintendo Co Ltd's smash-hit mobile phone game Pokemon Go in the country in September, a top executive at the firm said on Thursday.

True CEO Suphachai Chearavanont told reporters that the launch will be facilitated by the company's appointment in 2014 as the only master licensee to manage Pokemon content and expand the business in Thailand, a fast-growing mobile game market in Southeast Asia.

The exact launch date will be decided by Japan's Nintendo, he said, adding the game will be available for free downloads to users of any mobile service.

True is controlled by billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont's Charoen Pokphand Group.

Pokemon Go, which marries a classic 20-year-old franchise with augmented reality, has become an instant hit globally since its launch on July 6, with reports of players found in most unlikely places around the world in search of "monsters" so they could train them for battles.

Augmented reality: A gamer uses the Pokemon Go application on his mobile in the main fish market in Kuwait City on July 14, 2016. It combines the actual scene with a Pokeman figure. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT


Pokemon Go has been released in more than 30 countries and is expected to be launched imminently in Japan, where Nintendo created the franchise two decades ago.

The wildly popular augmented-reality smartphone game expanded officially into 26 more countries this week, even as some security and religious authorities around the globe expressed alarm, according to a New York Times report.

In Saudi Arabia, clerics renewed an existing fatwa against Pokemon, calling it “un-Islamic.”

Bosnia has warned players to avoid chasing the creatures onto land mines left over from the 1990s.

An Egyptian communications official said the game should be banned because sharing photos or videos of security sites could put the sites at risk.

Russian officials sounded similar warnings, saying that “the consequences would be irreversible” if Pokemon players continued unchecked.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: The problem with augmented reality is the "reality" part. A safety message is displayed on a screen in the 14th Street subway station making this clear.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has placed digital signage in subway stations encouraging riders to be safe while playing the Pokemon Go app on their smartphones. Drew Angerer/AFP

Indonesian officials also called it a national security threat that could allow its enemies to penetrate military sites and gain access to top-secret data. On Monday night, a French citizen working in Indonesia was temporarily detained after stumbling onto the grounds of a military base in West Java Province while searching, he said, for Pokemon figures.

Israeli officials warned soldiers not to use it on bases as it could reveal their location.

South Korea’s government already restricts Google Maps for security reasons, so Pokemon Go – which uses the data to populate its own maps – wouldn’t work anyway. But the app happens to be working in one small seaside town near the North Korean border – and busloads of people are showing up to play.

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Vocabulary

  • actual: real; existing in fact - จริง
  • adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร
  • alarm: fear and anxiety that somebody feels when something dangerous or unpleasant might happen or has happened - ความกังวล
  • application (app): a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software - โปรแกรมใช้งาน, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์
  • appointment: when someone is officially chosen for a job - การแต่งตั้ง
  • at risk: in danger - ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
  • augmented reality (noun): a technology that combines a live view of the real world with computer generated images -
  • authorities: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • available: that you can get, use, find or buy - มีอยู่, หาได้
  • avoid: to stay away from; to not use - หลีกเลี่ยง
  • banned: officially not allowed to do something - ถูกห้าม
  • base: a place where an army, a navy, etc. operates from - ฐานทัพ, ฐานที่มั่น
  • battle: a fight between two armies in a war - การสู้รบ
  • billionaire: having more than a billion pounds, dollars (or a billion baht in Thailand) - คนที่รวยมากๆ มีทรัพย์สินพันล้านดอลล่าร์
  • border: the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต
  • chief executive officer (CEO): the person with the highest rank in a company or an organisation - ผู้บริหารสูงสุด, ซีอีโอ (ประธานบริหาร)
  • citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 
  • classic: with all the features you would expect to find; very typical - เป็นแบบอย่าง
  • cleric (noun): a religious leader in any religion - ผู้สอนศาสนา
  • combine: to mix or be put together - รวมกัน
  • communications (noun): the process of sending information through television, radio, telephone signals and the internet - การสื่อสาร
  • consequences: results of effects of something - ผลที่ตามมา
  • content (noun): the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing, radio or television programme, computer software, etc., deals with - เนื้อหา,สาระ
  • creature: anything that lives except plants - สิ่งมีชีวิต (คน, สัตว์)
  • data: facts or information used for making calculations or decisions - ข้อมูล
  • detained: kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
  • encourage: to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen - ปลุกใจ
  • exact (adj.): done, made, or described in a very thorough way, with all the details correct - ถูกต้องแม่นยำ
  • executive: a senior manager in a business or other organisation - ผู้บริหาร
  • expand: to make or become larger - ขยาย
  • facilitated (verb): assisted; helped - ช่วย, ทำให้สะดวกขึ้น
  • fatwa (noun): a decision or order made under Islamic law -
  • figure: a shape, especially of a person or animal - รูปร่าง, รูปทรง
  • firm: a business or company - บริษัท
  • franchise: a formal agreement for someone to sell a company’s products or services in a particular place - การขายระบบแฟรนไชนส์ คือมีสาขาของร้านค้า เช่น 7-eleven
  • gain access: to be able to enter a building or place - เข้าสู่
  • globally: throughout the world - ทั่วโลก
  • globe (noun): the world, Earth, or a similar round-shaped planet - โลก
  • grounds: an area of land around a building or set of buildings - บริเวณ, สถานที่
  • hit: a successful product -
  • imminently (adv): happening soon - ใกล้จะเกิดขึ้น
  • instant: immediate - ทันที
  • irreversible: of something that cannot be changed - เปลี่ยนแปลงไม่ได้, ไม่สามารถเอาคืนกลับมาได้
  • launch: an event held to announce or start selling a new product or service to the public - การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัวของสินค้า, การเริ่มวางขาย
  • launch: to start selling a new product or service to the public - เริ่มวางขาย
  • left over: remain; to still be present after the other parts have been removed, used, etc; to continue to exist - ยังเหลืออยู่
  • licensee (noun): a person or company that has a licence (official permission) to make something or to use something - ผู้รับใบอนุญาต
  • location: where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
  • marry (verb): to combine one thing with another; to join together - จับเข้าคู่กัน, เข้ากันได้ดี
  • metropolitan: relating to a large city - เกี่ยวกับเมืองใหญ่
  • mine (noun): a type of bomb that is hidden under the ground or in the sea and that explodes when somebody/something touches it - ระเบิด, ลูกระเบิด
  • monster: (in stories) an imaginary creature that is very large, ugly and frightening - สัตว์ประหลาดในนิยาย,สัตว์ที่น่าเกลียดน่ากลัว
  • official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่
  • penetrate: to go into or through something - แทรกซึมเข้าไป, ผ่านเข้าไป, ทะลุเข้าไป
  • populate (verb): to move people or animals to an area to live there - นำผู้คนเข้าไปตั้งรกรากในบริเวณหนึ่ง
  • reality: what is actually happening - ความเป็นจริง
  • release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย
  • religious (adj.): relating to religion, or to the beliefs and practices of a particular religion - เกี่ยวกับศาสนา
  • renew: to add to the time something can be done or used - ต่ออายุ
  • restrict: to limit - จำกัด
  • reveal: to show or let something become known - เปิดเผย
  • scene: a view that you can see in a picture or from the place where you are - วิว,,ภาพ, ทิวทัศน์,ทัศนียภาพ
  • search (noun): looking somewhere or through something carefully in order to find something - การค้นหา
  • security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
  • signage (noun): signs, especially ones that give instructions or directions to the public - ป้ายประกาศ
  • similar: like somebody/something but not exactly the same - คล้ายกัน
  • site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
  • smash-hit (adj): of something that has become very popular, especially in a short time - เป็นที่นิยมอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • stumble: to make a mistake when you are trying to achieve something - ทำพลาด, สะดุด
  • temporarily: for a limited period of time - ชั่วคราว
  • threat: a danger - อันตราย
  • transportation: the process of moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
  • unchecked: not controlled or stopped from getting worse - ไม่ได้ถูกควบคุม
  • unlikely: not expected to happen; probably won’t happen - ที่ไม่น่าจะเกิดขึ้น
  • warn: to make someone conscious of a possible problem or danger - เตือน
  • warning: an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger - การเตือน
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