For good reason, Pokémon Go has been sitting on the top of the iTunes Free and Top Grossing for a little less than a month. Apple has confirmed that the free-to-play AR game was downloaded more times in its first week than any other app in in the store’s history.

A spokesperson for Apple confirmed this on Friday. However, the company declined to provide a specific download figure. Additionally, the spokesperson also wouldn’t say what app held the record before Pokémon.

Apple might benefit big-time from Pokémon Go, as financial firm Needham reported this week that the game could add $3 billion to Apple’s sales over the next 1-2 years. The firm estimated that two-thirds of all the games downloads are for iOS devices and that 80 percent of in-app purchases are happening on iPhones and iPads. Apple gets a standard 30 percent cut. If you are bad at math, just know that they should basically start building a Scrooge McDuck size vault.

Developer Niantic Labs has yet to say anything about Pokémon Go‘s download numbers or revenue, however, other firms are trying to give us numbers. Sensor Tower, an analytics company for apps, claimed this week that the game had reached 30 million downloads for iOS and Android. The same report said the game has brought in $35 million from its microtransactions.

Pokémon Go has brought out the best in some and the worst in the baby-boomer generation but its a dream come true for both its players and its developers (and party interests). So go out and be the very best, like no one ever was. Continue to make it the most downloaded and used app ever in history.


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John D
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John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.