Pokémon Go has set five incredible world records since its launch in July.
1. Most revenue grossed by a mobile game in its first month
Niantic’s landmark GPS-based game Pokémon Go generated an astonishing $206.5 million of revenue in its first month. Making the achievement even more impressive is that the mobile game has been released in staggered stages across the world. It first launched in in USA, Australia and New Zealand on 6 July 2016, followed by countries in Europe from 13 July. Amazingly, it didn’t release in Japan – the spiritual home of Pokémon – until halfway through its first month, on 22 July. As of 10 August 2016, some major gaming markets such as South Korea, were still yet to enjoy an official, regional release of Pokémon Go.
2. Most downloaded mobile game in its first month
The game has been downloaded 130 million times since its initial launch on 6 July 2016. That means there are roughly 30 million more Pokémon Go players than the current population of Philippines, and 10 million less than the current population of Russia.
3. Most international charts topped simultaneously for a mobile game in its first month (downloads)
Niantic’s Pokémon Go topped mobile download charts in 70 different countries simultaneously since its initial launch on 6 July 2016. In this landmark game, players use GPS technology to track down and capture Pokémon in real-world locations, before training them up to battle other players in “gyms”.
4. Most international charts topped simultaneously for a mobile game in its first month (revenue)
Pokémon Go was also the top-grossing mobile game in 55 different countries simultaneously since its initial launch on 6 July 2016.
5. Fastest time to gross $100 million by a mobile game
Amazingly, Pokémon Go took just 20 days to gross $100 million in revenue – the fastest time a mobile game has ever achieved this in its first month since launch. The game broke the $100 million barrier in revenue on 26 July.