Why Did Pokémon Go Die?

Why did Pokemon Go die

Pokémon Go is the most successful Pokémon game released for mobile in 2016. Its success is so great worldwide that it was thought to last very long, but now it has some wondering if Pokémon Go died or not. 

Now, Pokémon Go has ‘died' because many people who joined the hype before have lost interest. Another critical factor in this is the limitations in its gameplay.

Unlike traditional Pokémon games, a continuous internet connection is needed here. They can't even battle with their Pokémon against other trainers in how other Pokémon games work.

A Pokémon Go player will need a phone with a functioning camera and a reliable internet connection. The game also recommends a phone with a gyroscope feature, but it is not required to play it. 

The game requires its players to move around using their phones, and some people can't play it because of personal concerns. Even if the game warns its users, there are still reports of accidents while playing the game. 

However, it is not a factor at all why the game ‘died.' The climate and the weather affect the activity of Pokémon Go players as well. 

More people play the game during summer because they can go outside without worrying about the weather so much. But during rainy seasons and the winter, the players tend to stay inside, which shows the game's limits. 

Is Pokémon Go Still Popular Today?

Even if some people consider Pokémon Go as ‘dead,' for some diehard Pokémon mobile fans, it is still pretty much alive today. It is still popular because many Pokémon players are actively playing the game. 

Even non-Pokémon fans have been caught up in its worldwide phenomena in its release. It is one of the most creative and ambitious Pokémon games ever made. 

Today, most of them have become inactive in the game. The reason may be because of the pandemic or other things like burnout and moving on to more exciting titles. 

The only players that play the game may be the dedicated Pokémon fans. But one thing is for sure, the game is still popular, but not widely played as it was in its first weeks and months. 

How Much Money Has Pokémon Go Made?

As of December 2021, the game had made 180 million+ US dollars in revenue. That was the lowest revenue for a year, compared to the previous year, 2020.

Compared to 2021, 2020 was the most profitable year for Pokémon Go. The total revenue for 2020 was estimated to be $918 million.

It is a sizable increase from the first year of Pokémon Go's revenue, which was about $588 million.

Why Did Pokémon Go Fail?

Even though Pokémon Go has not been widely played before, it is not a failed game. The only possible failure was retaining the non-Pokémon fans that had initially joined the game.

They are also doing significant updates today that can potentially grab the attention of new players.

During the pandemic times, most people were inside their homes and cautious when going outside. It is not surprising that the pandemic also affected Pokémon Go's success.

Is Pokémon Go Banned?

Depending on which country or place you play Pokémon Go, it can be banned or not. In some countries, playing Pokémon Go in a government facility is banned.

The potential leak in data is there because Pokémon Go players use their phone cameras to play the game. Also, there are some religiously strict countries like Saudi Arabia that outright banned it. 

Some officials and religious leaders in Saudi Arabia thought that the game depicts polytheism and evolution and directly conflicts with their beliefs. It is the primary reason why Pokémon Go is banned there. 

However, China, Iran, Bosnia, and Herzegovina have some reasoning that it causes harm to pedestrians and motorists that resulted in the game's ban in those places.

Is Pokémon Go Safe?

Pokémon Go is as safe as how the user handles it. If a Pokémon Go player is immersed and unaware of their surroundings, it can become one of the most dangerous games ever made.

Still, there can be unfortunate events when Pokémon players can get harmed even when playing the game with extreme caution. However, the events don't prove that the game is dangerous. 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Pokémon Go can be perceived as dangerous, especially since the game needs its players to look at their phone screens for some time. 

It is also why the game itself has some warnings when playing the game. There's a proper way to play the game, and it involves personal safety, which some of its players seem to overlook. 

When Did Pokémon Go Die?

The game may seem dead because it is rarely talked about nowadays. But the game didn't really ‘die.'

Instead, it is the ‘hype' that died down. It started dying in 2017 but slowly increased until the game's best-selling year in 2020. 

But the following year, 2021, was the least-selling year for the game. Still, it doesn't make the game ‘dead' yet.

Pokémon Go still has a decent revenue gain even in the current year. It is also still popular among Pokémon players worldwide. 

The game is also ongoing, with frequent gameplay updates from time to time. 

Author: Cody Perez


Copywriter, experienced editor, website creator, PR associate, consultant

  • Expertise: Gaming, Pokémon, movies, TV shows, PR, and creative writing
  • Education: BS in Business Economics (specializing in Business Management), minor in Japanese from Tokyo International University
  • Helped lead or create websites, such as GameRevolution, VGR, RPGInformer, MangaInsider, FandomPost, POKUniverse, and more.
  • Helped launch various indie video games, tech startups, and consulted for YouTube Shorts
  • Writer in the entertainment industry since starting in high school in 2011

Experience: Cody Perez started his career as a journalist and creative writer in the tech and gaming spaces in 2011 while in the middle of high school. Since then, he has produced thousands of high-quality, researched articles for some of the largest entertainment websites in the world, including IGN, Destructoid, Siliconera, Digital Trends, DotEsports, and many more. He also was the lead editor at GameRevolution, growing the site to reach its consistent, historical peak of 8 million MUV the entire time he worked there. Cody also helped launch various successful sites, such as VGR (2 million MUV in a year), POKUniverse, and RPGInformer.

Cody brings together his passion for tech and gaming to his work life, so he can enjoy his hobbies nearly 24/7. He has now taken his expertise and experience with subjects like gaming and Pokémon to Wealth of Geeks, where he is often found creating new lists and reviews, or editing older content to bring it up to the company standard.