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Pokemon GO may have gotten a (small) update today, but it didn’t fix one of the game’s biggest problems. Many users are unable to connect to the app currently. And when that happens, Pokemon GO is basically dead – there’s not much you can do when you can’t connect to the servers.

All that can be done is to wait for Niantic to improve the situation. Japan is supposed to be getting Pokemon GO soon, so that may add to the server load. Once things settle down, hopefully Niantic can turn its attention to the servers.


Niantic has said that they would be updating Pokemon GO regularly, and so far they’ve hold true to their promise. A new update for the game is available. Players can download version 1.0.3 / 0.29.3 as of now.

Admittedly, the update doesn’t do a whole lot. The official patch notes say that minor text fixes have been implemented.

We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about a partnership between Pokemon GO and McDonald’s Japan as of late. Today, it was finally made official.

McDonald’s has announced that they’re collaborating with Pokemon GO, but there’s no news as to when exactly it’s coming. The game’s severs are being prepared so that there are no errors. Also, it was clarified that the news reported by media previously did not come from them.


It’s now July 20 in Japan. Today was supposed to be the day when Pokemon GO launched in the country, based on reports which surfaced several hours ago. However, those plans have apparently been delayed.

Internal communication from McDonald’s Japan concerning Pokemon GO’s arrival leaked hours ago and quickly spread online. Once it went viral, the app’s release was supposedly moved from the morning to early afternoon. The parties involved eventually decided to cancel today’s launch as a whole, TechCrunch writes. The site says there were “concerns that the hype generated would overload the game.”

So when will Pokemon GO come to Japan? News outlet Nikkei says it’ll happen on Friday. Meanwhile, TechCrunch adds that the launch is “imminent”.


Sensor Tower has provided a new round of data about Pokemon GO. The app’s strong presence thus far is once again highlighted.

According to Sensor Tower’s data, Pokemon GO has now been downloaded over 30 million times worldwide across iOS and Android. In doing so, it’s earned more than $35 million in net revenue. The game also sees “more daily average usage than the world’s most established apps in the process.”

Sensor Tower also indicates that Pokemon GO is the fastest mobile game to reach 10 million downloads worldwide, having done so in just a week. It beat out Supercell’s Clash Royale by two days and Candy Crush Jelly Saga, which did so in twelve days. Additional comparisons are above.


Pokemon GO

Niantic has been steadily releasing Pokemon GO in various countries over the last couple of days – by now, the game is available in most European and North American countries. One major market where it’s still not available however is Japan. Niantic has previously stated that they’re targeting “the end of July” for the game’s Japanese launch since additional server capacities were needed to facilitate the Japanese player base.

However, it seems like Japanese players won’t have to wait much longer. According to TechCrunch, Pokemon GO will in fact launch in Japan tomorrow. Additionally, over 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants are supposedly going to serve as sponsored gyms. This info comes from unnamed sources, according to TechCrunch.

Obviously, take this news with a grain of salt. While it makes sense for Niantic and The Pokemon Company to want to strike while the iron is hot and capitalize on Pokemon GO’s popularity on Nintendo’s home turf (coincidentally, Japanese summer holidays for students also start tomorrow), it would be a remarkably quick turnaround. The game is still plagued by various server and connection issues in other countries, and the addition of the massive Japanese mobile market would only add to that. I guess we’ll know for sure tomorrow!


Nintendo’s stock is still on the rise. The company’s share price is now at over 30,000 yen, which is the highest since April 2010. It goes without saying that the recent surge can be attributed to Pokemon GO.

Nintendo’s market cap has also doubled since the app’s debut. It’s at over $40 billion, which is apparently higher than Sony.


Update (7/18): T-Mobile has clarified that the offer is not automatically applied. Customers will need to claim it via the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, which we have links to below.

“This deal is not automatically applied to all T-Mobile customers – they must claim the deal via the T-Mobile Tuesdays app in order to get the data. In order to avoid confusion, we want to be explicitly clear that people need to claim the offer versus having it automatically applied to their account.”

Original (7/14): Pokemon GO has been doing incredibly well since launching next week, and now T-Mobile is taking notice. As part of T-Mobile Tuesday, customers will be given free, unlimited data for the game. This will take place on July 19.

That’s only a portion of what T-Mobile is offering. Here’s the full rundown:

– Free, unlimited data on Pokémon Go, so it won’t touch your high-speed data—for a full year!
– Free Lyft rides up to $15 to get to a new PokéStop or Gym
– Free Wendy’s Frosty to fuel up for your hunting trip
– 50% off select accessories – including portable power packs and chargers at T-Mobile stores – so you can keep on playing for hours

The T-Mobile Tuesdays app can be downloaded on iOS and Android. That’ll allow them to participate in next week’s initiative.


On July 10, in-app purchases made in Pokemon GO topped the rest of the mobile gaming market, data from Slice Intelligence reveals. The app also “accounted for nearly 47 percent of the entire mobile gaming market on the same day.”

Slice Intelligence report covers some other areas as well. For example, with microtransactions, 100 PokeCoins is the most purchased coin bundle. Almost 37 percent of in-app purchases have been spent on that item. Additionally over 30 percent of Pokemon GO’s revenue has resulted from the 1,200 PokeCoins option.

You can read a bit more on Pokemon GO from the full report here.

This past weekend, there were 462 GameStop stores that were either a PokeStop or Gym. According to CEO Paul Raines, sales were up 100 percent at these locations. Raines added that merchandise sales are up “significantly across the board.”

Here’s the full interview:


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