We all know at this point that Pokémon GO is insanely popular, which means that the amount of times it has been downloaded should be extremely high — regardless of the fact that it is rolling out to a few countries at a time. However, now, we have more insight to just how big the augmented reality game is.
Pokémon GO has set a new record in Apple's App Store, becoming the most downloaded title in app release history. What's more is that it set this record in just the first week of its release.
The augmented reality game that has players hunting for and catching monsters in the real world was released first in Australia and New Zealand on July 5 before becoming available in the U.S. the day later. Since then, Pokémon GO is pretty much all people do in their spare time (or even at work) and all people can talk about online when it comes to gaming.
The mobile title just launched in Japan after being delayed on Thursday because of server setbacks.
With its popularity, it should come to no surprise that Pokémon GO would go on to break records. Just take a look at the App Store, and it has remained the top title on the top free chart. It also is number one on the top grossing chart, making more than Mobile Strike, Game of War – Fire Age, Candy Crush and Clash of Clans.
So, just how many downloads for iOS are we talking? Apple is not giving up specific numbers at this time.
However, the analytics company Sensor Tower provided a record-breaking number: the game surpassed 10 million downloads in just a week of its launch.
The company estimated this week that Pokémon GO has been downloaded over 30 million times for both iOS and Android worldwide thus far. With this impressive number, Nintendo and Niantic will have earned more than $35 million in revenue at this point.
The financial firm Needham estimated this week that Apple could make $3 billion in sales over the next year to two-year period from the mobile game. This revenue would come from in-app purchase such as getting more Pokeballs, eggs or storage.
What about for Android?
According to the UK-based marketing intelligence company SimilarWeb, the game was already downloaded on 5.16 percent of all Android devices in the U.S. — in just two days. By July 11, this number grew to 10.8 percent.
Source: The Verge