If you're an Olympic athlete and you also happen to be reading this, I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that you're an Olympic athlete so life's probably pretty good overall.
The bad news is that your upcoming 2016 Olympic games will not feature any Pokémon hunting.
Yeah, probably best to just cancel your travel plans to Rio. We'll understand.
Several athletes have expressed disappointment in not being able to play the game
The above tweet comes from Matthieu Peche and translates to, "Sorry guys no #pokémon in the Olympic Village."
One can only assume the French canoer is undergoing some serious withdrawals at the moment, which will certainly be 100 percent responsible for him earning anything but gold in all of his events.
Similar concerns have been raised by other athletes:
“I wish I could run around in the village catching Pokémon...I just can’t get it on the phone. It’s fine, but it would have been something fun to do.”
This one comes from Anna Green, an athlete on New Zealand's soccer team. The game-starved athlete revealed that as a result of having no Pokémon GO to play, she would be forced to do something less productive before the Olympic games began: Train. Like, in real life, not Pokémon training.
And yet, athletes aren't the only big names lamenting the lack of Pokémon.
Even Rio's mayor wants to see Pokémon GO in Brazil before the Olympics.
Perhaps aware that people burying their faces in their phones might distract from the plethora of health and safety concerns plaguing the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes took to Facebook to express his interest in seeing Pokémon GO premiere in Rio in time for the Olympics:
"Hello, Nintendo! 23 days to go to the Olympics Rio 2016. The whole world is coming here. Come too!"
Given the game's boost to retailers, it really is no surprise that the mayor would want to have the game brought to Rio before the Olympics. With so many people already visiting for the Games, the allure of PokeStops would surely draw tourists to shops and locations that would provide a boon to the city's economy.
It would also be interesting to see if any sort of limitations were put on Pokémon GO playing for athletes. After all, the game can sometimes be a bit of a danger to play. Moreover, the Olympic host seems keen on — ahem — keeping athletes as safe as possible. The last thing anyone wants is for athletes to fall prey to Pokémon GO's draw and adversely affect their performances.
But most importantly, a South American release would answer everyone's burning question: Where's Ditto?
Of all the yet-to-be-found Pokémon, there is still one that no one seems to have a clue to obtain: Ditto. While Pokémon such as the legendary birds or Mew/Mewtwo are likely going to be part of community-based events, it would be a surprise to see Ditto earned in this same way.
We've already seen that Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, and Tauros are region-specific to Asia, Austrailia, Europe, and North America (respectively). This has led many people to believe that Ditto is the region-specific Pokémon for South America.
If Pokémon GO were to make its way to Brazil, it seems likely that at least someone would be able to capture Ditto if Ditto happens to be region specific. And if no one captures Ditto in South America, it means more super-sleuthing from Pokémon masters.