Dutch authorities are taking Pokémon GO creator Niantic to court after the popularity of the game has caused hordes of players to descend on protected beaches at Kijkduin, South Holland in the Netherlands.

Dubbed the Pokémon capital of the Netherlands, Kijkduin is home to many rare 'mon and this has predictably led to thousands of hunters arriving at the site and putting the protected dunes in danger.

The authorities in question want to prevent Pokémon from appearing in protected areas from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM. This falls short of a total ban, as players could still visit the area in the daytime and catch monsters.

However, initial attempts to make contact with Niantic in August were ignored, hence the decision to take the developer to court. The hearing is scheduled for October 11th in The Hague.

A spokesperson for The Hague authorities told The Guardian:

We had no other choice. Kijkduin will remain an attractive place for Pokémon hunters, but there will be less trouble for the residents and the damage to protected areas will be limited.

Niantic has received other requests for monsters to be removed and Pokéstops to be relocated - the Hiroshima and Berlin Holocaust memorials have since vanished from the game, for example.

Ironically, a seaside town in the UK was recently criticized for not offering enough Pokémon. Seems Niantic can't win.

[via theguardian.com]