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Pokémon Go meets CryptoKitties: Tencent launches ‘Let’s Hunt Monsters’

Jordan Heal

The Chinese blockchain game ‘Let’s Hunt Monsters’ has officially launched, and has already become the most downloaded free game on China’s iOS app store.

The game was funded, developed, and launched by Tencent, a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate founded in 1999, headquartered in Shenzen.

Most notably, Tencent created the massively popular multipurpose messaging app WeChat.

A trailer for the new game emerged in April last year, which can be seen below. ‘Let’s Hunt Monsters’ appears to be inspired by Pokémon Go, which has had humongous global success.

However, Pokémon Go is banned in China due to the country’s ban on Google, as the game relies heavily on Google Maps.

As a result, there was an opening for a massively popular augmented reality game to surface in China.

The South China Morning Post reported on the launch of Let’s Hunt Monsters, revealing that it has already become China’s most downloaded free game on the Chinese iOS app store – outperforming massively in-demand games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Honour of Kings

Let’s Hunt Monsters involves tracking down monsters in the real world through augmented reality and is supported by blockchain technology.

This means that any monsters obtained in the game can be stored on the blockchain indefinitely – allowing users to own them permanently once they have been caught and trade them on the blockchain.

Much like Pokémon Go, players will be able to catch monsters using in-game balls, and they will also be able to summon virtual kittens to trade with other players on Tencent’s own blockchain platform.

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