Pokémon Go Set App Store Record for Most Ever Downloads During its First Week of Availability

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Ultra popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go set a new App Store record during its first week of availability, seeing more first week downloads than any other app in App Store history. Apple unveiled the statistic to iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning.

    Pokémon Go was first released in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States on July 5, rolling out to other countries over the course of the next two weeks. Pokémon Go is now available in 30 countries around the world.


    Despite server issues and in-game bugs that have yet to be resolved, Pokémon Go has become a smash hit, luring players outside to explore their neighborhoods in search of Pokémon. Last week, Pokémon Go had earned an estimated 7.5 million downloads in the United States alone, hauling in more than $1.6 million each day, and at two weeks, that number had grown to 21 million daily active users.

    On the instant success of Pokémon Go, Nintendo shares jumped more than 25 percent, and businesses and restaurants near PokéStops, where players can collect items and find Pokémon, have reported significant increases in foot traffic.

    In Japan, Pokémon Go today launched with a McDonald's sponsorship deal, hinting at future methods Niantic will use to monetize the game. In Japan, McDonald's locations are marked as "Gyms" where players can battle each other for control of the spot to earn daily prizes and experience.

    Over the course of the next year, Apple could make upwards of $3 billion in revenue from Pokémon Go, as it receives a 30 percent cut of all in-app purchases.

    Article Link: Pokémon Go Set App Store Record for Most Ever Downloads During its First Week of Availability
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    all that money pouring in and they still can't hire better engineers
  3. rGiskard macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2012
    I downloaded it, played it for 2 minutes until it froze, then deleted it. Now I know what has people staring at their phones while driving into police cruisers or walking off cliffs. Yay.
  4. aberrero macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2010
    So you can go to McDonalds and say you "went to the gym"?

    Yup, we are doomed as a species.
  5. Carnifexia macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2016
    You aren't familiar with the dev process at scale are you?

  6. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Makes sense, it's a long standing popular series and the game is fun too.
  7. Carnifexia macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2016
    I am loving PoGo. I love hearing about all the stories of where it has helped people with mental health issues. It can be a positive tool. It can be a negative tool. Depends on how you decide to use it.
  8. TheRealTVGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    And THIS is why MacRumors follows this particular app so heavily. :p
  9. ee13lbp macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2012
    It's really popular at my university. No hyperbole, at least 1 in 3 people I walk past during my commute to class are playing it. Not to mention the massive crowds of 50+ at PokeStops when someone puts down a lure..
  10. meaning-matters macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2013
  11. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    "Oh good, I was wondering why there weren't any Pokemon articles today."

    "I guess we're on... POKErumors!!11!"

    "Something something watch bands"

    Anyways I'll be surprised if Apple doesn't make some sort of nod to the game at their next keynote.
  12. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    I wonder why Apple doesn't feature it on the front page of the App Store. Pokemon GO is nowhere to be seen except when you go to the Top Charts for free apps or go to Categories.

    Usually they're pretty quick to highlight new games that people are playing.
  13. EricTheHalfBee Suspended

    Mar 10, 2013
    Not really news. A few of us on MR predicted this would be the biggest mobile game in history.
  14. ee13lbp macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2012
    Most of the content 'featured' on the front page is paid for by advertisers (at least those giant banners at the top certainly are)
  15. Bubba Satori Suspended

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
  16. b11051973 macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2006
    I downloaded it. Setup character and app crashed. Caught my first Pokemon and app crashed. I then deleted it.
  17. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Absolutely! People take it too personally. It's just a cartoon/mobile game and a little bit of fun.

    It's like going to a puppet show just to watch the wires. It's about the puppets; it's not about the strings. If you go to a Punch & Judy show and you're only watching the wires, you're a freak.
  18. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    Apple is going to make many billion dollars on Go and its AR siblings.

    Another revenue stream curiously missing from Wall St. analyst's forecast sheets.
  19. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    I'm glad for its success but I played it on and off the weekend it launched and it never really grabbed me.
  20. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    My mother died earlier this month and Pokémon Go has been an amazing distraction for me and a way to get myself out of the house in the evenings. Staying busy and distracted is the only thing that keeps me from collapsing, so I am thankful that it came out when it did.
  21. jonblatho macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2014
    I figured it out. All the Pokémon Go server issues are because of all these MacRumors stories.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 22, 2016 ---
    I'm sorry for your loss. :(
  22. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    My condolences on your mother's passing.
  23. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    My sincere condolences. It's refreshing to hear this game helps a lot of people so positively too. Best wishes, Jclo. :)
  24. swarmster, Jul 22, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2016

    swarmster macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2004
    Agreed, I though it was strange as well. Not even an "editor's choice" blurb about how popular it is on the app page? Makes you wonder what kind of posturing is going on in the background with this stuff. (Maybe just playing it safe not knowing what the media reaction would be to the whole 'kids wandering the streets looking for Pokemon' thing?)

    While there may be some paid banners available, my understanding is actually that most of the featured content is run by Apple's editorial staff. There are many instances of them contacting small developers out of the blue to request banners and promotional material for an upcoming feature spot.

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