Pokemon Go tops 100M downloads without impacting rest of mobile game industry

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in iPhone edited August 2016
Niantic's Pok?mon Go has hit over 100 million downloads across the App Store and Google Play, but doesn't appear to be generating much of a hazard -- or windfall -- for other game developers, according to an analytics firm.




Pok?mon Go is still generating over $10 million in revenue per day from both storefronts, over three weeks after launch, App Annie noted. Despite this, daily revenue for other games hasn't suffered. The U.S. reportedly saw "a brief dip" when Go was released, but this rebounded within days, and downward trends in Germany and the U.K. were in line with pre-release patterns.

Likewise, Pok?mon's Japanese home market didn't vary much after Go was finally released there on July 22. Australia actually saw a slight increase in sales, but also within earlier trends.

Top-grossing "free-to-play" games like Mobile Strike and Candy Crush Saga haven't felt any real impact, although App Annie notes that most of their revenue comes from a small number of people spending on in-app purchases, often referred to elsewhere as "whales."

Even the time consumed playing Go doesn't appear to be coming from other apps, including ones that typically consume outsized amounts, like Facebook and Tinder.

App Annie suggested that Go could serve as a model for how developers and other companies can exploit augmented reality and treasure hunt-style concepts, if not on the same scale as Niantic.

On the day of the the game's Japanese launch, Apple confirmed that
Pok?mon Go beat records for the most first-week downloads by an App Store title.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    Whoever would have imagined it would and why? I don't imagine it caused extra rainfall in Zimbabwe either.
    singularity
  • Reply 2 of 8
    AppleInsiderAppleInsider Posts: 42,049administrator
    Whoever would have imagined it would and why? I don't imagine it caused extra rainfall in Zimbabwe either.
    Maybe it can't make it rain, but can Pokemon Go Bless the rains down in Africa? That's the real question.
    pscooter63
  • Reply 3 of 8
    It's not affecting the gaming industry because it's a fad. No one around me plays it anymore.
  • Reply 4 of 8


    Never saw this before.

  • Reply 5 of 8
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member


    Never saw this before.

    Once upon a time, articles were actually posted by Kasper in person, then the machine mind staged a coup and imprisoned Kasper, who hasn't been since.  Articles were then posted by Kasper' Automated slave (overlord).  Later still, the machine mind grew clever and articles started to be posted with alternative bylines in order to assuage suspicion at the takeover and make it appear there were actually humans behind them.
    singularitydasanman69
  • Reply 6 of 8
    singularitysingularity Posts: 1,329member
    cnocbui said:


    Never saw this before.

    Once upon a time, articles were actually posted by Kasper in person, then the machine mind staged a coup and imprisoned Kasper, who hasn't been since.  Articles were then posted by Kasper' Automated slave (overlord).  Later still, the machine mind grew clever and articles started to be posted with alternative bylines in order to assuage suspicion at the takeover and make it appear there were actually humans behind them.
    fantaststic response 
    cnocbuidasanman69
  • Reply 7 of 8
    Pokemon go went live in South America this afternoon, at least in Uruguay, where I live. Everyone seems to be playing it and it's only been live for a few hours. 
    It is already the top grossing free app and the 10th overall
  • Reply 8 of 8
    kevin keekevin kee Posts: 1,035member
    Pokemon go went live in South America this afternoon, at least in Uruguay, where I live. Everyone seems to be playing it and it's only been live for a few hours. 
    It is already the top grossing free app and the 10th overall
    Very smart to release it in phase. While the game has lost some interests in the original 3 countries, it will keep doing fine globally.
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