Pokemon GO Is Now More Popular Than GTA, Battlefield, Minecraft And E3 Combined

Written by Neil Soutter on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 5:21 PM
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Pokemon GO is big. Like, ridiculously huge. In fact, It’s now more talked about on the internet than Grand Theft Auto, Minecraft, Battlefield and E3 combined. It is, to put it bluntly, the most popular game in the world right now, absolutely stomping over the likes of Candy Crush Saga and Clash Royale. You can also check out our sister site Phone Debate that specialises in seeing how well your phone can play Pokemon Go.

Take a look at the Google Trends chart below and you can see Minecraft has been an incredible performer over the last five years or so. It’s one of the best-selling games ever, shifting over 100 million units and counting. It frankly embarasses EA’s Battlefield, which has barely cause a blip over the last decade. We can see from E3’s spike each year in June that it’s roughly the same popularity as GTA at its peak; the most obvious indicator yet of why Rockstar would never bother showing a new game there. It is literally bigger than the show itself.

So that’s how those stack up, but what about Pokemon GO? This is a fairly young game of course, launching last week in the US and Australasia, and not even until today here in the UK. In just a week’s time Pokemon GO has become the most popular game in the world and is more used than Twitter, Google Maps, and SnapChat. It’s currently 25 times more popular to search for than Grand Theft Auto, which itself has shifted over 65 million units.

There's no doubting Pokemon is once more a global phenomenon. There are shades of its late 90's popularity to what's going on here, and there's already talk of a live action Hollywood movie. 

Who's relented and given Pokemon GO a download then? Anyone can't stand its popularity already? Let us know!

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17:05 Jul-16-2016

Just a fad in a few months
No One will care anymore


Thanks to Media for this popularity it on the local news

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21:16 Jul-15-2016

First, the smartphone zombie apocalypse... now this - pokemon rage zombies comin' up lol :P

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19:15 Jul-15-2016

when will in be in the uk anyone know

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01:30 Jul-16-2016

now

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19:02 Jul-15-2016

I like the game, I want to see it grow, playing with friends is a blast, it's just a shame that people go so far to steal peoples phones, people can't manage to look where they're going, or they drive and play.

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17:33 Jul-15-2016

That explains why lots of people I didn't meet are now wandering around my neighborhood.

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10:55 Jul-15-2016

Prove that graphic isn't the main factor for games, other top class developer should learn from this, they should make a game with unique gameplay and fun

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13:06 Jul-15-2016

well... I mean... lets not give them that much credit, the name Pokemon is already well known, and is very popular to the people who grew up with it, so yes while this app is great and all, it wouldn't have achieved its current position if it weren't for its fanbase.
Also a similar game like this already existed way before, and was created by the same people who made this app, the app is called "Ingress".

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13:32 Jul-15-2016

You are exactly right. There is little difference between Ingress and Pokémon Go. Change the objects, chance the name, call it new..... now suddenly people notice. But only because it's called Pokémon.

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15:34 Jul-15-2016

Pokemon has a massive fanbase of generations of people who grew up with it. You got the people like me who played during the heyday(Red/Blue/Yellow and Gold/Silver Crystal) and then the younger generations that played the games like Ruby and Sapphire and the other ones after it. I just downloaded the game last night :)

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16:55 Jul-15-2016

I'm included in one of those generations, watched the cartoon, and the first Pokemon I played was Emerald, loved it to bits, still playing it on my phone from time to time, and yep I love Pokemon, so far my experience with Pokemon GO has been pretty good, I got to meet some people here and there, maybe made a few friends, and it has been a nice experience.

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03:14 Jul-16-2016

There are so many people playing it of all ages. I've met tons of people already with this as well, including a girl around my age(mid twenties) who plays the game. We are going out tomorrow night!

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10:05 Jul-15-2016

wow, I mean its cool sure, but this is getting out of control lol

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20:43 Jul-15-2016

Zombie apocalypse incoming !

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21:08 Jul-15-2016

The zombie apocalypse already happened when people started walking around in the streets with their heads buried in their smartphone screens, my friend. But this will probably just make things worse, we're already seeing "zombie" robberies and kids finding dead bodies while looking for "pokemon"...

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12:53 Jul-17-2016

I call them "hand lookers" or "Handies"for short.

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09:50 Jul-15-2016

I'm predicting this game gets banned! People are morons and they do moronic things, there will be fatalities unfortunately! I give it 3 months!

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09:40 Jul-15-2016

Pokemon has always been more popular, its just that up until now all Nintendo did with the brand was rehash it every single gen and made every single entry exclusive to a platform every gen, eventually people got fed up and its popularity fell, however everyone has a smartphone, as such much higher audience.

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09:41 Jul-15-2016

Nintendo should have done this a long time ago.

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08:52 Jul-15-2016

It really hurt reading this Pokemon Go news because it doesn't available in my country yet :(

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14:21 Jul-15-2016

If you have an Android device with Android Kitkat 4.4 or newer, then just download and install the apk. https://www.apkmirror.com

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08:11 Jul-15-2016

We live in dark times.

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Dark times indeed.

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21:09 Jul-15-2016

Couldn't have said it better myself, sir.

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08:03 Jul-15-2016

Hats off to Nintendo. They dug themselves out of a hole and shot for the moon.

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07:34 Jul-15-2016

Everything is nice!
I also do want to play this game.
BUT...IT...IS...NOT...AVAILABLE...IN...MY COUNTRY!!!

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13:27 Jul-15-2016

Just downloand the APK from internet and play it ;)

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05:34 Jul-15-2016

yes and Trump is winning the election , the end is near i tell you :D

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09:43 Jul-15-2016

Wrong website. LoL

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10:06 Jul-15-2016

it was a joke I believe, lets not downvote the poor guy to the pits of the abyss :P

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03:30 Jul-15-2016

I was lucky to grow up during the original pokemon era(the late 90s). It did indeed take the world by storm and everyone bought the cards, games and gameboys like crazy. Pokemon was a major part of my childhood. At the time we dreamed of being able to catch pokemon in real life or at the very least...games like this!

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01:35 Jul-15-2016

see Denuvo you're not needed for videogames.

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05:04 Jul-15-2016

Dis is gold you have my upvote mate!

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11:08 Jul-15-2016

Totally agree

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11:08 Jul-15-2016

+1 from me :D

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21:11 Jul-14-2016

Apparently it's also helping to cure depression and anxiety.

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20:27 Jul-14-2016

Here's some of what I've gotten.
http://imgur.com/a/tOjs8
Loving this game so much. A great way to unite people with similar interest and cherish this legacy together.

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20:26 Jul-14-2016

there's a talk about what ifs : fatal frame go, you know.. can you feel it?

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21:53 Jul-14-2016

I was thinking of an Elder Scrolls: Skyrim GO. Search for Dragon shouts and fight dragons - legendary dragons. Also, run into bandits and stuff.

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22:29 Jul-14-2016

dude, that would be a mess when the dragon is in the middle of traffic, btw, won't it be fun if you can fight the dragon and others join in the fight.. man, so many ideas could develop from this pokemon go..

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21:32 Jul-14-2016

The last one about the man causing the wreck has proven to be false..... but yeah... lots of odd claims about this game, lol

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