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Pokemon Go estimated at over 75M downloads worldwide

ICE Graveyard 25/07/2016 Darrell Etherington

Pokemon Go has already earned one official record – most downloads on the App Store in a launch week ever. But it’s going to break a lot more records still: app analytics firm SensorTower estimates that it hit 50 million downloads on Google Play alone over the weekend, another record, and overall the company says that PoGo has racked up more than 75 million installs across iOS and Android based on their data.

The time it took Pokemon Go to reach 50 million Android downloads is a record across games tracked by SensorTower, which put the news into context by comparing it to other Android top performers. The next-fasted was Color Switch, a puzzle game, and comes in third, but those took 77 and 81 days respectively to pass the 50 million mark, which is a far cry from the short 19 days that Pokemon Go took to reach the same milestone.

SensorTower also thinks there are lots of spark left in PoGo’s metaphorical Pikachu: The game is only available in 32 markets thus far, out of a total possible 100 where Google Play and the App Store distribute their content. The firm predicts that a possible 100 million download achievement within the first two months of Go’s availability is within reach.

For comparison, consider that Tinder reached 100 million downloads only in January this year, after an original debut back in 2012. To be fair, games tend to achieve these kinds of stats more quickly, but it’s getting harder and harder to clearly distinguish between Pokemon Go as a game, and Pokemon Go as a social experience.

Interesting, Niantic’s other location-based game, Ingress, has also experienced a surge in Japan in time with PoGo’s release: SensorTower notes that Ingress is now in Japan’s top to on the App Store for the first time. Maybe that’s because it’s a more reliable way of finding Pokemon locations in-game than the in-game Pokemon finder itself.

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