While Niantic and The Pokémon Company are pushing as hard as they can to enter the Chinese Market, Pokémon GO has to overcome some significant entrance barriers. The latest is the government withholding a license while it investigates the location based game on the grounds of national security and public safety.
According to Reuters the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television was disposed to intervene due to “a high level of responsibility to national security and safety of people’s lives and property.” Furthermore the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association stated that there could be a “threat to geographical information security” as well as to transport and the personal safety of consumers.
After an evaluation of the risks, the result of the investigation will have impact on the future of Pokémon GO in China. Some Chinese Pokémon GO clones also could suffer from a negative outcome. After the worldwide success of the IP several Chinese developers tried to copycat the idea.