Pokemon Go International Release Date Soon

Pokemon Go International Release Date Soon: Report

  • Pokemon Go may be made available in other regions soon
  • This might result in an official Indian launch as well
  • Pokemon Go is only officially out in Australia, New Zealand and the US

At the moment, Pokemon Go is only available officially in Australia, New Zealand, and the US, unless of course you plan to sideload it on Android or have an iTunes account for the aforementioned regions. This might change.

According to The Wall Street Journal, you can expect it in your country soon. It claims that “people familiar with plans for the game said it would likely be available in other regions, including Europe, Japan, and other Asian nations within a few days.”

This bodes well for an official Indian release. Even more so when you consider that previous Nintendo efforts such as Miitomo have ignored the country altogether.

The news comes days after developer Niantic had to pause Pokemon Go’s global rollout due to server overcapacity.

The impact of players in other countries sideloading the game, in addition to those in countries where Pokemon Go is available, is that the game has been uplayable for a vast number of people due to its servers unable to deal with the load. So much so that developer Niantic who made Pokemon Go along with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company is delaying its release in other markets till this is fixed.

“We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve,” Niantic CEO John Hanke said to Business Insider, stating that the launch in other countries has been “paused until we’re comfortable”. Despite the rabid interest the franchise has generated over the years, something Niantic is aware of, it has been caught by surprise.

Are you playing Pokemon Go? What are your thoughts on it so far? Let us know in the comments.

Pokemon Go Is Installed on More Android Phones Than Tinder

Pokemon Go Is Installed on More Android Phones Than Tinder: Report

  • As per SimilarWeb, Pokemon Go will have more daily users than Twitter
  • The game is used more than WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger
  • It is yet to release outside Australia, New Zealand, and the US

It’s no surprise that Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm even though it is only available officially in three countries. According to analytics firm SimilarWeb, the game has found itself on more devices than some of the most popular apps around.

“On July 8th, only 2 days after the app’s release, it was already installed on 5.16 percent of all Android devices in the US. If that doesn’t seem like much, consider that by Thursday, July 7th, Pokemon Go was already installed on more US Android phones than Tinder,” a post from the company claims.

Furthermore, the user engagement on Pokemon Go has been extremely high as well.

“Over 60 percent of those who have downloaded the app in the US are using it daily, meaning around 3 percent of the entire US Android population are users of the app,” the company’s post continues. It’s reaching a point where it could rival the likes of Twitter. So much so that SimilarWeb believes that Pokemon Go is “neck and neck with Twitter, and in a few more days, Pokémon Go will likely have more users Daily Active Users than the well-established social network.”

Another reason for this is the traffic towards third party file sites like APKMirror. SimilarWeb claims that since Pokemon Go’s release traffic spiked for the site tremendously. It increased from 600,000 visits on July 5 to over four million on July 6 with 30.5 percent of all desktop search traffic over a 28 day period having the term “pokemon” in it.

And it’s this high volume of search and installs that has resulted in an equally large amount of usage time. Pokemon Go was being used for an average of 43 minutes and 23 seconds a day as of July 8, putting it higher than Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat, and Messenger.

While a large chunk of this activity around Pokemon Go has been driven by curiosity for the franchise’s first proper mobile outing, it will be interesting to see if Niantic and the Pokemon Company can sustain its popularity in the weeks to come. If you want to see what the fuss is about, check out our guide onhow to download the game for Android.

Pokemon Go International Release Delayed – Here's Why

Pokemon Go International Release Delayed - Here's Why

  • Pokemon Go has been down for a number of users
  • This is due to overcapacity of its servers
  • Until this is fixed, Pokemon Go will not release in other regions

While Pokemon Go is officially available in Australia, New Zealand, and the US, it’s yet to make its way to other nations such as India and Japan. This has resulted in a slew of fans the world over to sideload the game. Well, at least on Android.

The impact of these players, in addition to those in countries where Pokemon Go is available, is that the game has been uplayable for a vast number of people due to its servers unable to deal with the load. So much so that developer Niantic who made Pokemon Go along with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company is delaying its release in other markets till this is fixed.

“We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve,” Niantic CEO John Hanke saidto Business Insider, stating that the launch in other countries has been “paused until we’re comfortable”. Despite the rabid interest the franchise has generated over the years, something Niantic is aware of, it has been caught by surprise.

Earlier this week, the game was discovered on Australia and New Zealand app stores. Usually, most developers use these markets to test out certain aspects of the game such as microtransaction prices and certain design elements. We’ve seen that with titles from other big name publishers like Rovio and EA. Chances are, the same applies here. The US launch seems like a knee-jerk reaction and server overloads seem like a result of this. The fact that the game is easily accessible on Android for those not in the aforementioned markets simply compounds matters.

Nonetheless, we’ve got the game working just fine. You can check out our impressions here.

Pokemon Go Success Boosts Nintendo

Pokemon Go Success Boosts Nintendo

Shares in Japan’s Nintendo Co surged on Friday as consumers flocked to try out its new Pokemon Go smartphone game, raising hopes that the company’s long-awaited shift into mobile gaming will pay off.

Seeking to protect its console business, the Japanese group had for many years resisted introducing mobile games with its best-known characters such as Super Mario Brosand Pokemon, finally yielding to investor calls last year when it announced a tie-up with mobile specialst DeNA Co.

Its first mobile title, Miitomo, was only launched in March after some delay and was also a social networking-sytle application, leaving investors disappointed and impatient.

But Wednesday’s launch of Pokemon Go in the United States has seen the title shoot up to become the No. 1 free app in Apple Inc’s US iTunes store. It was also launched in Australia and New Zealand this week and is expected to be rolled out in Japan soon.

Many reviewers said they were keen on the game although they hoped that technical glitches would soon be resolved. Shares in Nintendo jumped 10 percent to their highest level in more than two months with the stock the most heavily traded by value on Tokyo’s main board and giving the firm a market value of about $23 billion (roughly Rs. 1,54,934 crores).

The game, in which players search out and capture Pokemon characters and do battle with other Pokemon, is free, but it also offers in-app purchases for power-ups and extra items.

“It has more (monetisation) than we expected; as users build their Pokémon inventory, spending money becomes needed to store, train, hatch and battle,” Macquarie Securities said in a note to clients, adding that purchases so far in Australia were not being driven by big spenders but by a large number of users.

The company has promised four more smartphone games in the financial year to end-March and has said it expects mobile gaming to help boost annual operating profit by a third to JPY 45 billion ($450 million).

Nintendo also plans to release its next console globally in March 2017.

“The company has huge intangible assets like characters but it hasn’t been trying to use them seriously. But the success of its Pokemon Go shows the company has got great content,” said a fund manager at a UK asset management firm in Tokyo.