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Pokemon Go has stormed onto the scene a few weeks ago and the buzz is everywhere

Pokemon Go Performance Issues - Gotta Catch Them All

Pokemon Go has stormed onto the scene this past week and the buzz is everywhere about it! However, being so successful in such a brief period of time can have a downside. Reports of players being unable to access services started appearing in relatively short order. Amazon's CTO jumped into the fray offering their cloud services to help scale NiantecLab's (creators of Pokemon Go) server-side infrastructure. While the Pokemon Go app has been positively rated by the majority of players, there are clearly a large number of players who thought differently, as indicated in the Google play App ratings.

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We had a look at how Pokemon's website has been keeping up with the influx of traffic, and created a Pokemon Performance Dashboard.

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The two things that really stand out here; the amount of data being transferred every time the page is loaded (over 6 megabytes), and the amount of time taken waiting for the server to respond to requests.

A quick look in a browser developer tool at how the page is loaded illustrates the complexity of the page and how the initial server wait for a couple of blocking javascripts slows down the rest of the page load.

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A quick look at Google Page Speed highlights several areas that could be improved through some design changes.

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Design alone is not the issue here, because there are long server-side response times slowing the site. Note this view is specifically for the Pokemon site, and not the Pokemon Go app, which would use different web services and APIs to communicate between the mobile app and servers.

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More Stories By David Jones

David Jones is the Director of Sales Engineering and APM Evangelism for Dynatrace. He has been with Dynatrace for 10 years, and has 20 years’ experience working with web and mobile technologies from the first commercial HTML editor to the latest web delivery platforms and architectures. He has worked with scores of Fortune 500 organizations providing them the most recent industry best practices for web and mobile application delivery. Prior to Dynatrace he has worked at Gomez (Waltham), S1 Corp (Atlanta), Broadvision (Bay Area), Interleaf/Texcel (Waltham), i4i (Toronto) and SoftQuad (Toronto).