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Pokemon Go’s selection of Donald Trump’s Tower as a Gym is causing massive outrage


The players of Pokemon GO needs to find wild Pokemon by walking around their neighborhoods. They also needs to battle gym leaders or stop at PokeStops (which are actually landmarks) to collect items.

The players who lives in bigger cities have the luxury of having access to a lot of PokeStops and gyms. Meanwhile, in the New York City, players have discovered that even Trump Tower functions as a gym. Trump Tower is 58-story skyskrapper which belongs to US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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The players are allowed to visit the Trump Tower, battle for the Pokemon and claim the gym as their own. With the Republican presidential candidate heating up the news almost every other day, we can definitely hope to see some hotly contested gym battles among Pokemon GO players in his property.

This is not the first time that Donald Trump has been directly or indirectly involved in a video game. Earlier, a fan made a Trump Propaganda video out of the trailer of Mass Effect 2, which was later pulled out by developer EA. Another game called Surgeon Simulator received an expansion which lets the players to perform surgeries on Donald Trump.


There has already been an outcry regarding the use of Trump Tower in Pokemon GO as it can bring in some attention to the presidential candidate and can help him in his political campaign to some extent.

A lot of people has already suggested the developer of the game Niantic to move the gym from Trump Tower to some other sky scrapper, which doesn’t have any political relation.

It is also surprising why Niantic chose to make the Trump Tower a gym although they avoided a lot of commercial landmarks. They have generally used neutral public locations like churches, libraries etc. for gyms and PokeStops except a few exceptions which also include the Trump Tower.

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Pokemon GO is now available for Android and iOS devices.

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