Pokemon Go players look at their cell phones as they gather at the beach in Kijkduin, The Netherlands, on August 10, 2016. 
Since its launch Pokemon Go has sparked a worldwide frenzy among users who have taken to the streets with their smartphones. The app uses satellite locations, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings, challenging players to capture and train them for battles.
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This UK University Will Soon Ask Business Students to Play Pokémon Go As Part of Their Degree

By Matthew Hughes | 5:28 am, October 3, 2016

Students at Salford University in the UK may soon have to capture Pokémon as part of their degree.

According to the Daily Mail, those studying the Business Information Technology course at an undergraduate level will have to play Pokémon Go.

How the app relates to the course isn’t immediately clear. However, Salford University lecturer Dr David Kreps says that it will make the course more accessible, and easier to grasp. Pokémon Go, he says, fits perfectly with that.

“It uses various information systems that are accessed over the internet, a digital camera and a GPS location sensor.”

Kreps also emphasized that while the course requires students to play Pokémon Go, it will get “a little more complicated” than just catching endless amounts of Rattata.

This isn’t the first time Pokémon Go has been used in an academic setting. The University of Idaho offers a class called Pop Culture Games, where playing Pokémon Go is a requirement to pass.

Course instructor Steven Bird says “This app does more than let you shoot a Pokéball. You get to adventure around, seeing different things, being active, seeing the sun. It allows you to move in large groups and a team. You get not only physical activity, but you also get team-building and leadership.”

This article was written by Matthew Hughes from The Next Web and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.