Pokemon GO made history by being the fastest growing game of all time in the mobile games category. It reached craze levels which were unprecedented in the history of mobile gaming.
The game worked wonders in the Malaysian Gaming market too. However it reached a peak level of such heights that people were constantly playing the game even at work.
Six employers have dismissed workers for playing the popular location-based game while at work, reveals a survey by the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).
MEF executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan says the poll on the impact of the game on workers was taken among 150 employers in various sectors.
“Based on our preliminary findings, six employers, or 4% of the 150 companies, admitted that workers who indulged too much in the game have been dismissed,” he tells Sunday Star.
The survey also shows that employers are taking a strong stance against the game with 95% of the respondents saying they do not allow employees to access the app at work.
“Some 96% also prohibit workers from using the company e-mail address to sign up for the game,” Shamsuddin says.
The survey found that 25% of bosses have caught employees playing the game during work hours.
“Some 11% of employers also claim that their workers are taking a longer lunch break because of the game,” he says, adding that 50% of poll participants were from the manufacturing sector while the rest were from other industries.
There are multiple instances of people walking around parks and potentially posing a health risk to themselves and others due to their beahaviour.