Paying players drops by 79 percent in the US, but Pokémon Go is still raking in the cash

Paying players drops by 79 percent in the US, but Pokémon Go is still raking in the cash

It’s no secret that the Pokémon Go fan base isn’t what it used to be, but that doesn’t mean the party is over just yet. Research firm Slice Intelligence have compiled a report showing that the number of players in the United States spending money on the game (i.e. purchasing Pokécoins from the Shop with real money) has declined 79 percent.

However, even with this sharp decline in users willing to pay to play, as much as 28 percent of all money generated in the mobile gaming market came from Pokémon Go in August. Basically, there’s less players playing the game and making in-app purchases, but the hardcore players are still forking out cash for Incubators and Lucky Eggs.

To keep this in perspective Slice Intelligence compared Pokémon Go to some of its nearest rivals, such the second most profitable mobile game, Candy Crush Saga, which made six times less than Pokémon Go in the month of August.

Editorial comment: The big take away from all of this is Pokémon Go is still making stupid amounts of money, but it’s sharp decline in users is slightly troubling though not unexpected given Niantic’s track record of bad communications. And not to sound like too much of a whiner, but can those of us living outside of San Francisco have that new radar already?