Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS, Android, and Apple Watch devices. It was initially released in selected countries in July 2016. In the game, players use a mobile device’s GPS capability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. The game supports in-app purchases for additional in-game items.
Pokémon Go was released to mixed reviews, with critics praising the game’s concept and the incentive to be more active in the real world, while criticizing frequent technical issues apparent at launch. Despite such reviews, it quickly became a global phenomenon and was one of the most used and profitablemobile appsin 2016, having been downloaded more than 500 million times worldwide. It was credited with popularizing location-based and augmented reality gaming, promoting physical activity, and helping local businesses grow. However, it also attracted controversy for contributing to accidents and becoming a public nuisance at some locations. Multiple governments expressed concerns over the game’s security, with legislation regarding it being passed in some countries as a result.
However, despite its notable success in the game industry, there is a new sheriff in town. Today, Pokemon Go lost its first spot in the US iOS App Store’s top-grossing chart. Clash Royale is now the top-grossing iOS app in the United States.
Clash Royale is a freemium mobile strategy video game developed and published by Supercell. The game combines elements from collectible card games, tower defense, and multiplayer online battle arena. The game was released globally on March 2, 2016.
Although the new leader isn’t a new game, a recent update has apparently drawn a lot of interest and a lot of money from players. According to data collected and shared by Sensor Tower, Pokemon Go spent 74 consecutive days, or about two and a half months, as the top-grossing iOS app in the United States. Interestingly, Clash Royale, the game that dethroned Pokemon Go in the rankings, only has 32 consecutive days at the top.
The same data shows that Pokemon Go’s reign was a very short one, compared to the long lasting dominance of Clash of Clans, which held the number one spot for 347 consecutive days. Candy Crush Saga has enjoyed 109 consecutive days as the top-grossing iOS app in the US back in its prime.
Interestingly, in other countries, like Thailand, UK, Australia, Pokémon go is still the top-grossing IOS app, even though it isn’t raking in money like it used to.