GOP convention site also a Pokemon gym

Donald Trump, Pokemon Go
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The site of next week’s Republican National Convention also has a role in “Pokemon Go,” according to a new report.

The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland is now a Pokemon gym in the wildly-popular mobile game, Yahoo said Friday.

{mosads}“Pokemon Go” encourages players to use their smartphones for a scavenger hunt aimed at catching creatures called Pokemon.

The app uses a phone’s camera and GPS system to highlight potential targets, gyms and PokeStops in the real world.

Yahoo on Friday said the Quicken Loans Arena currently boasts a “Cleveland Cavaliers” Pokemon Gym near the convention’s future floor.

“Pokemon Go” players can join one of three teams and battle over one another’s gyms, capturing and defending them with their tame Pokemon.

Yahoo said the game debuted in the U.S. last week and blasted to the top of the iPhone store in 13 hours.

“Pokemon GO” has also hauled in over $70 million for its developers, it said, and generates daily use on 10 percent of America’s Android phones.

Yahoo reporter Hunter Walker, who plays as “OsirusSirus” in the free app, said he encountered at least 6 varieties of Pokemon on or near the convention area.

Walker added he was asked to leave the convention floor before he could conquer the “Cleveland Cavaliers” Pokemon gym for his team.

The Republican National Convention launches this Monday and runs until Thursday. Donald Trump is expected to become the GOP presidential nominee during the event.

Trump on Thursday debuted a Pokemon-themed attack ad online targeting Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

The video shows Clinton as a Pokemon called “Crooked Hillary” who is “often found lying to the American people, rigging the system and sharing TOP SECRET emails.”

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