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PokéMon Go 5 years Later: Still Going Strong

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PokéMon Go in 2021

2016 saw the massively successful launch of “PokéMon Go” by the San Francisco AR company Niantic. In 2021 this game continues to go strong.

With the official Facebook page at 2.8 Million members, and the official Facebook Group with 769k Followers, it is safe to say that the following of this fan-made app has continued to stay active amongst the fans.

Cover art for PokéMon Go

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According to the statistics provided by businessofapps.com, the revenue earned in this app in 2016 went from $0.83 billion to $1.23 billion in 2020.

This is even with the player count dropping from 232 Million in 2016 to 166 Million in 2020. As of 2021, there are a staggering 150 million active users every month. (source: bussinessofapps.com)

I suspect that the pandemic, and social distancing of 2020, had an effect on the popularity of this app. Including new players, more active players, and revenue.

Snorlax in the overworld of PokéMon GO

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No Stopping It Now

We are looking at one of the largest, and most profitable Nintendo properties to date. According to statista.com, “PokéMon” is the most valuable media franchise in the world, passing both “Mickey Mouse” and “Star Wars”.

Franchise statistics of PokéMon Go

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And the fan base only continues to grow. They have successfully tied in the themes of the “PokéMon Go” app with the titles already existing on the Nintendo Switch.

If you purchased the “Pokéball Plus” controller to use with your “Let’s Go Pikachu”, or “Let’s Go Eevee” games on the Nintendo Switch, then you also had the ability to sync you’re the “Pokéball Plus” with the “PokéMon Go” app on your phone, and take one of your “PokéMon” with you. More details on this feature can be found on the support.pokemon.com website.

image from pokemonletsgo.pokemon.com

The “PokéMon” franchise shows no signs of slowing down, with the release of “Brilliant Diamond” and “Shining Pearl” in the fall of 2021, and the release of “PokéMon Legends: Arceus” in 2022, the franchise is in secure hands.

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