French prosecutors claim the boy's father left his young son at home to go shopping, but instead of coming right back, he decided to play "Pokémon Go," the mobile game that achieved viral fame when it released in 2016. Meanwhile, his son was found dangling from the apartment's balcony by a crowd of Parisian onlookers, prompting a Mali immigrant, Mamoudou Gassama, to scale the side of the building and rescue him.
The father faces two years in prison for endangering his child, while Gassama has been offered citizenship by President Emmanuel Macron.
"Pokemon Go" utilizes the phone's camera to make it appear as if Pokemon are appearing in the real world (by showing them on-screen). The game was an instant hit and was downloaded over 500 million times before the end of the year, but was also criticized for causing people to stop paying attention to their surroundings, including while driving. The game has since declined in popularity.