Pokemon Go: entertaining, addicting, and… deadly? The mobile game that captivated the world in 2016 undoubtedly helped gamers get outside for some fresh air and exercise. But it also brought with it some unforeseen – and dangerous – consequences. With millions of people wandering the streets and battling for Poke-supremacy, it was pretty much only a matter of time until we started racking up some real-world Pokemon Go deaths.
Already, there have been stories of distracted players getting jumped by gangs, walking off cliffs, or crashing their cars into trees. Some have managed to escape with their lives, but others have not been so fortunate. If not faced with dying themselves, unlucky gamers might stumble across Pokemon Go death in other ways. In fact, on more than one occasion, people attempting to catch ’em all have accidentally caught real dead bodies instead. Without the game, those deaths would have gone unnoticed.
Keep track of the Pokemon Go death count with this list of people who have died playing the game. And as the Pokemon Go death toll ticks up, try to remember that no Mewtwo or Zapdos is worth dying over.