In likely the least surprising Pokemon GO (Free) development to come out this week, Apple has recently confirmed that Niantic’s overnight sensation has broken the record for most downloads in the first week of availability. That means it even beat out ultra-popular game series like Candy Crush, Angry Birds, and Clash of Clans as well as mainstream non-gaming apps like Instagram, Facebook, and SnapChat. The information was relayed by Apple to iMore’s Rene Ritchie who shared it on his Twitter.
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) July 22, 2016
Now, I’d love to know more details behind this claim. For instance, is that based on just US availability? Because as we know, Pokemon GO still hasn’t been released in all countries yet. Or is it just based on the downloads from countries where it was available during the first week? If so, it’s crazy to think what the download numbers would have been had the game been available in all territories all at the same time. Perhaps Apple will divulge more details around the Pokemon GO phenomenon, but at the very least it’s interesting to see how many people jumped on the download bandwagon once the game’s popularity started to spread like wildfire in its first week out.