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Pokemon Go has lost its grip on complete mobile dominance

A fan maneuvers his smartphone as he plays "Pokemon Go" in Hong Kong, Monday, July 25, 2016. Pokemon fans used the app on Monday as it was released to both iPhone and Android users. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
AP Photo/Kin Cheung
No longer on top.
By Alice Truong
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

It finally happened. After 20 days dominating the App Store, the mobile game Pokémon Go has fallen to No. 2 in the US. At 3am Pacific Time, Bitmoji took the crown from the mobile game, which remains No. 1 on Google Play, according to data from Sensor Tower.

The seemingly unstoppable force that is Pokémon Go still tops app charts on Android or iOS in 30 countries. But on both platforms, there are two countries where it is not No. 1: Aside from the US, the other country where the game has fallen from No. 1 is Poland, where it’s currently ranked second in popularity among free apps.

On Android, Pokémon Go is sixth in France and 44th in Hong Kong. Pokémon Go launched in both countries just yesterday (July 25), so there’s still room for the game to climb in the rankings. However, it is unusual to see the title not debut at No. 1, says a rep from Sensor Tower.

We wouldn’t call it Poké-fatigue quite yet, but some of the excitement around Pokémon Go is starting to fade. Nintendo, which has experienced its market value doubling on Pokémon Go’s popularity, recently saw shares plummet upon the realization that the game will only have a limited impact on the company’s financials. Nintendo is a part owner of the Pokémon Company, which was paid a licensing fee plus other payments by the game’s developer, Niantic.

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