The weeks following the July 2016 release of Pokemon Go were the closest humanity may ever come to a hive mind. Millions of people in dozens of countries became enamoured with the game: Friends were made, miles were walked and , all in the name of catching those cheeky pocket monsters. Now, the game has passed an impressive milestone: It has been downloaded 1 billion times.
The news was broadcast by Pokemon Go's Japanese YouTube channel, in a video translated by Serebii.net. Pokemon Go is often mocked for being a flash in the pan, and it's certainly true that interest peaked in the weeks following the release. It took just two months for the game to be . But the 1 billion figure shows the game has more than enough life left in it yet.
For clarification, the number doesn't mean that there are 1 billion active Pokemon Go players. It also presumably includes re-downloads of players who once abandoned it but later decided to give catching 'em all another red-hot go.
But calling the game anything other than a wild success would be a lie. It's grossed over $2.6 billion over the past three years, according to Sensor Tower data.