Pokemon Go Catches One Billion Downloads

Pokemon Go Catches One Billion Downloads

Three years since its debut, Pokemon Go endures like a Metapod that's used "Harden" 100 times.

Pokemon Go has been downloaded one billion times, which is an impressive milestone for the three-year-old mobile game. While people are no longer lost in the summer 2016 frenzy that led them to leap into subway tracks or wander into traffic looking for Pikachu, there's no question Pokemon Go has staying power.

Long-lived Pokemon fansite Serebii tweeted about the milestone yesterday, which Niantic initially announced via a Japanese video. While one billion downloads certainly doesn't suggest Pokemon Go has one billion daily active users (that would be quite a feat), it indicates the game's still kicking along quite nicely.

Pokemon Go is still making money, too. App data site Sensor Tower recently reported the game has made over $2.6 billion USD since its July 6 2016 debut, and is on-track to cross $3 billion USD by the end of 2019.

To Niantic's credit, the studio works hard to keep Pokemon Go fun. Monthly Community Days encourage people to go out and have fun hunting for Shiny Pokemon while making new friends. (The next community day, which is focused around Ralts, is coming on August 3.) Right now, the game's in a stir as Team Rocket is attempting to take over PokeStops, and players are tasked with challenging the organization and purifying the corrupted Pokemon they leave behind. Social media tags for Pokemon Go are busy, which indicates a significant number of people are still out there, catching 'em all. Or at least as many as possible.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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