Niantic's hit game has enjoyed impressive sales, which were bolstered by a surge following its release in Japan.
(CCM) — Pokémon GO raked in more than $200 million from sales on Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store around the world during the first month that it was available, according to research from mobile app marketing company Sensor Tower. In addition to its international success, revenues from the game received a huge boost 18 days after the initial launch when it was finally released in Japan. To put the success of Pokémon GO in perspective, the $200 million figure dwarfs the $125 million made by the hit game Clash Royale in the first month following its release in March, which was the fastest ever to reach 10 million downloads. Pokémon GO has also earned more than seven times as much in its first month than the 2014 hit Candy Crush Soda Saga, one of the top grossing games ever.
Pokémon GO is now available in over 100 countries, including Papua New Guinea, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Laos. But it has been banned in Iran, because "this game can, from a security point of view, create problems both from [sic] the country and people," according to a deputy in Iran's Internet Supervisory and Monitoring Committee. Although Nintendo has a small stake in Niantic, Pokémon GO's creator, the company has said that the game is expected to have a limited impact on its revenues.
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