Dutch authorities take Niantic to court to get Pokemon Go off Netherlands beaches

Even after the app's popularity has waned, crowds still swarm the protected area each night.

Pokemon Go may not be the killer app du jour that it was over the summer, but it still has plenty of devoted players all around the world. In the Netherlands, local authorities are seeking court action to block the game from protected beaches south of the Hague, fearing damage to the surrounding area.

"We had no other choice," Hague authorities said in a statement released this morning, explaining that they had reached out to Pokemon Go developer Niantic several times without response. The goal is to "ban these small virtual animals in protected areas and in the streets from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am" in and around the area of Kijkduin, a resort area in South Holland known locally as "the Pokemon capital of the Netherlands."

To be honest, it seems more likely Niantic would be able to completely remove Pokemon Go hotspots from the area than only during a particular block of time. Niantic has complied with similar requests from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., among others.

"Kijkduin will remain an attractive place for Pokemon hunters, but there will be less trouble for the residents and the damage to protected areas will be limited" if Niantic is able to disable the game at specific hours as requested, the municipality stated.

The case will be heard before a court in the Hague on October 11th, though there are presently no details on whether Niantic or its representative will have to appear for this stage of the legal process. "Taken to court in the Hague" sure sounds more ominous than I'm sure it, in fact, is.

We've reached out to Niantic for comment and will update you once we learn more.

Pokemon Go is available for iOS and Android smartphones.

(h/t The Guardian, Siliconera.)

Top image: The Kijkduin hotspot in the Netherlands. Photo credit: Remko de Waal, European Pressphoto Agency.