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The Pokemon GO success story continues. According to app-market tracking firm App Annie, it’s now the fastest mobile game ever to reach the top spot in terms of revenues on iOS and Android.

That feat was accomplished in just under a day on iOS. On Android, it was done in only four days.

Pokemon GO dethroned Supercell, the previous record holder. The app reached its own milestone in two days on iOS and seven days on Android.

App Annie communications boss Fabien Pierre-Nicolas says Pokemon GO “is generating well over $1 million of net revenue for Niantic Labs.” He also believes the app could see “a run-rate of over $1 billion per year with less server issues, a worldwide presence, and more social and player-vs.-player features.”


The Pokemon GO interviews continue. Niantic CEO John Hanke has once again been interviewed, this time by Game Informer. The site caught up with Hank to talk about various aspects surrounding Pokemon GO – from the project’s early days, through last week’s launch and the future. He commented on how much Junichi Masuda from Game Freak and Shigeru Miyamoto have been involved, the pace of updates, success thus far, and more.

We’ve rounded up the noteworthy comments from Hanke below. Head on over to Game Informer here for the full interview.

All sorts of situations have sprung up since the release of Pokemon GO. Some have been uplifting and great to hear about, but on the other end of the spectrum, some have been dangerous.

One of the bigger stories to have emerged over the past few days concerns muggings. There are folks out there who have used Pokemon GO and its Lures – an item that makes Pokemon more likely to appear in a particular location – in hopes of attracting victims.

The Pokemon Company and developer Niantic provided GamesBeat with the following joint statement in light of the recent news:

“We are aware that some incidents have occurred involving fans playing Pokémon Go. We encourage all people playing Pokémon Go to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends when going to new or unfamiliar places. Please remember to be safe and alert at all times. We are humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response to Pokémon Go and greatly appreciate the support of our fans.”


App-market intelligence firm Sensor Tower has indicated that Pokemon GO has been downloaded roughly 7.5 million times in the United States since it landed on iOS and Android devices last week.

Sensor Tower also estimates that Pokemon GO is collecting $1.6 million in revenue in the U.S. alone… just on iOS. Android isn’t included in the figure.

SuperData Research analyst Joost van Dreunen had this to say about Pokemon GO’s performance thus far:

“Pokémon Go as so far managed to generate $14.04 million across mobile platforms since its release. [This puts] it ahead of other titles using the franchise, including Pokémon Shuffle Mobile which has earned an estimated $14.03 million since its release in August 2015.”


A few hours ago, Mashable published a new article about Pokemon GO. The piece contains commentary from John Hanke, CEO of developer Niantic.

While speaking with the site, Hanke touched on topics like how it’s determined which Pokemon appear where, safety, and more. You can find these responses after the break. For more from Hanke, check out the original peice here.

People in Australia, New Zealand and the US have been enjoying Pokemon GO for a couple of days now, but the game is still not available in most other countries. This could change soon, however –  according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, “people familiar with the plans for the game said it would likely be available in other regions, including Europe, Japan and other Asian nations within days.

We will keep you updated once an official release date for these regions has been announced.

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Stocks, share prices, and other things of that nature aren’t usually something we cover. After all, those tend to fluctuate often, and can do so quickly. However, Pokemon GO has made such an impact for Nintendo that we’re willing to make an exception.

Business Insider reports that Nintendo shares rose roughly 10 percent on Friday. And today, in early trading in Tokyo, shares increased as much as 23 percent. Bloomberg’s David Ingles notes that this is the best one-day move for Nintendo stock since 1983.

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Pokemon GO has only been out for a few days and in three countries, but it’s nonetheless doing extremely well. SimilarWeb offers more insight into the app’s performance thus far.

SimilarWeb states that two days after Pokemon GO’s launch, it was already installed on 5.16 percent of all Android devices in the US. That was July 8. One day prior, on July 7, it already saw more installs on US phones than Tinder.

Another important stat to consider is the usage rate. Over 60 percent of those who have downloaded the app in the US are using it each day. To explain it further, roughly three percent of the entire US Android population are users of Pokemon GO. SimilarWeb labels the metric as “Daily Active Users”, and believes it will surpass Twitter in this area as it’s already neck and neck.

According to the official San Diego Comic-Con 2016 schedule, a Pokemon GO-related panel will be held at the expo.

Niantic CEO John Hanke will be leading the proceedings. Hanke “will examine the past, present and future of extending games beyond the screen and re-imagining reality through the lens of Ingress and Pokemon GO.”

Niantic’s panel will take place on July 21 between 5 PM and 6 PM.


Pokemon GO only just came out a few days ago. Of course, new features will be added to the game over time.

One feature Niantic will be interested in bringing in the future is trading, which company CEO John Hanke acknowledged as a “core element.” It’ll tie into the app’s virtue of players interacting with each other in virtual and real worlds.

Aside from that, Tech Insider reports that other new elements planned include more ways to play with Pokestops and Gyms. Currently, Hanke stated that they’re only in Pokemon as “very most basic versions”, though in the future, it’ll be possible for players to “customize their functions in other ways.” Niantic is also working on a global leaderboard so that players can see who’s the top trainer.

That’s not all though. Improvements are also on the way for the AR technology. Hanke said what’s currently in the app is “great first step,” but there’s more they can do. Regarding Pokemon GO on dedicated AR devices, Hanke teased: “That may be a fun thing to take advantage of.”


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