'Pokémon GO' Update: Niantic's Game Dethroned In The App Store But Still No. 1 Among Android Users
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The world seems to be finally recovering from its "Pokemon GO" addiction with recent reports saying that fewer people are downloading the game.
Niantic's smash hit monster-hunting game "Pokémon GO" has recently ended its 74 consecutive days of being the most downloaded app in Apple's iOS store.
The augmented reality game was dethroned by classic favorite "Clash Royale."
CNet reports that "Clash Royale's" recent update on in-game microtransactions brought in a bunch of new players, pushing the app all the way to the top of rankings.
Supercell, which is now owned by China's WeChat maker Tencent, is the game publisher of "Clash Royale."
Nonetheless, "Pokemon GO" is still number 1 in iPhone revenue in eight countries, namely Australia, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, and Thailand. It is also still ranked No. 1 in Google Play Store ahead of MZ's "Mobile Strike.'
"Pokemon GO" cashed in $440 million in gross revenue from iPhone and Android gamers, SensorTower said.
A Niantic spokesperson said: "We recently revealed that Pokemon Go has been downloaded more than 500 million times since launch, with several more countries yet to be added. This growth has been entirely organic and we are quite happy with the massive number of ongoing users and game revenues and look forward to building and improving the game over many years."
"Pokemon GO's" historic run still pales in comparison with its peers: "Clash of Clans" was No. 1 for 347 days while "Candy Crush Saga" did it for 109 days.
Since the game's launch, the world has been taken over by people walking around parks, streets and schools hunched over their smartphones looking for Pokemon hiding behind stairs, fountains and trash bins.
To say that the game's unprecedented rise was phenomenal is still understating it.
The apparent decline of "Pokemon GO" has been noted by Fortune writer David Z. Morris who said, "The big, glaring problem highlighted by Pokémon Go's declining engagement is that, while the actual hunting of pocket monsters is fun, there's very, very little to do with them."
Niantic reportedly has been taking user feedback into account and is said to have plans to revive user engagement.
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