True Corp plans Thailand launch of Pokemon Go game in September

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A woman plays the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo, as a visitor uses an automated teller machine (ATM) at a branch of Sberbank in central Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Woman plays augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo at branch of Sberbank in central Krasnoyarsk

A woman plays the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo, as a visitor uses an automated teller machine (ATM) at a branch of Sberbank in central Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand telecoms company True Corp Pcl plans to launch Nintendo Co Ltd's smash-hit mobile phone game Pokemon GO in the country in September, a top executive at the Thai firm said on Thursday.

True Chief Executive Suphachai Chearavanont told reporters the launch will be facilitated by the company's appointment in 2014 as the only master licensee to manage Pokemon content and expand the business in Thailand, a fast growing mobile game market in Southeast Asia.

The exact launch date will be decided by Japan's Nintendo, he said, adding the game will be available for free downloads to users of any mobile service.

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True is controlled by Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont's Charoen Pokphand Group.

Pokemon GO, which marries a classic 20-year-old franchise with augmented reality, has become an instant hit globally. Players walk around real-life places, search out and capture Pokemon cartoon characters on their smartphones.

(Reporting by Manunphattr Dhanananphorn; Writing by Khettiya Jittapong; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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