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Apple: Pokemon Go Sets Record For Most Downloads In Its First Week (techcrunch.com) 35

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that Pokemon Go has attracted more downloads in the App Store during its first week than any other app in App Store history. What's even more surprisingly is that the app was only available in a few countries at the time -- it initially launched in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. Apple didn't provide the number of downloads, but one can assume it's well into the millions. Pokemon Go is expected to become even more popular as it becomes available in more countries -- the game just launched in Japan today. With millions of downloads in the first week alone, Pokemon Go is expected to generate large sums of money for Apple. The Guardian is reporting that Apple will "rake in $3 billion in revenue from Pokemon Go in the next one to two years as gamers buy 'PokeCoins' from its app store."
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Apple: Pokemon Go Sets Record For Most Downloads In Its First Week

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  • How did Apple get into the Pokemon business?

    • by godrik ( 1287354 )

      well, they publish pokemon go on the iphone, like any other app. And they take a cut of any app sold, and of any in-app purchase on their store.

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Hognoxious ( 631665 )

      By accident. Tim Cook misheard it as "poke a man".

  • I'm always excited for our daily Pokemon Go submission. I guess my only question is: How can I buy Pokecoins with Bitcoins? That would be a slashdot wet dream, wouldn't it? We'd have to post about that like 3 times a day--possibly even more than about Hillary and Trump!

    I kid, I kid. I actually like the game, and I'm glad for Nintendo (I've owned every console of theirs from the beginning). My only disappointment about the whole thing was not buying Nintendo stock when it was low, as the game was coming out.

  • Just a few modifications and that game would be perfect:

    - remove the part that forces you to physically walk around
    - make it work on PC and consoles
    - replace pokemons with criminals and wild beasts
    - give the world a post-apocalyptic flavor
    - allow you to loot weapons and bottle caps from the corpses of your ennemies
    - give you companions that won't abandon you no matter how often you shoot at them with a quad missile launcher

    For added fun the game could send you kill the same ennemies over and over and make y

    • by gweihir ( 88907 )

      Hehehehe, nice. Although I play Fallout 4 mostly in stealth and without companions (or use of the power-armor).

  • 'PokeCoins'

    Nuke it from space.

  • Where is that "APPS!" guy when you need him?

  • In the mobile space customers who use IAP (In-App-Purchases) are known as whales.

    * Who Are the 'Whales' Driving Free-to-Play Gaming? You'd Be Surprised [kotaku.com]

    * Forbes: Why It's Scary When 0.15% Mobile Gamers Bring In 50% Of The Revenue [forbes.com]

    This exploitation is nothing more then a legalized form of gambling. In other news gambling is for those that suck at math.

    But go ahead and keep hijacking the term "free" and making headlines about how gambling makes money.

    --
    redditard, noun, some one who down votes simply because th

  • Over the past few days I have been in three situations where I was a passenger in a moving vehicle, sometimes a fast moving vehicle, only for the driver to pull out their phone and start playing. Talk about scary, I would rather be in a car with a drunk driver. So phones have these handy little things called accelerometers. Should not one of the first thoughts have been "how can we prevent people from playing while driving?" I call that wreckless.

    Ask them to please show some decency and stop playing while
    • I used to be able to easily spot the drunks on the road before smartphones. None of them are "just fine driving like this." They're all worse than your average drunk and should be treated the same way.

    • I call that wreckless.

      Just hope it stays that way.

  • Apparently much of the supposedly adults of the western world have now become so infantilized that they will focus incredible energies on a game that would rightfully only be targeted at smaller children. This hype explains a lot and not much of it is good.

  • I've done more socialization in two weeks than in two years. I get out of the house and meet people who like video games also. This is so cool.

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