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'Pokemon Go' in Korea: Over 4.2 Million Players Recorded After South Korea Launch

By January 31, 2017 at 6:18 am
Pokemon Go in Korea (Photo : Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

After Niantic Labs infiltrated South Korea with "Pokemon Go," the game saw a staggering leap in users. The title landed in the region on Monday, January 23. Since then, the number of users in the country have grown.

According to Pocket Gamer Biz, analytics company WiseApp has recorded a total of 4.28 million "Pokemon Go" players on January 26th. Two days before, January 24, there were only 2.91 million users who played the hit mobile game. While the number of downloads dropped after the game was launched in South Korea, the figures are still impressive.

"Pokemon Go" was the most downloaded game on the App Store last year. It remains to be seen if the Niantic-developed mobile title will reach new heights in 2017. With the rumored arrival of Gen 2 Pokemon and other goodies this year, the game may see brighter days as the months pass.

Meanwhile, numerous South Koreans are feeling the "Pokemon Go" craze. It was initially predicted that the game may not be as successful as it was in other regions. However, those predictions are now part of the past. It was said that the cold weather would affect the game's launch and the delay may also make fans lose interest in the game. It appears now that the cold weather and the delay have not affected their interest at all.

The Korea Times reports that on Sunday, WiseApp recorded around 7 million "Pokemon Go" users. The numbers were recorded from the launch date until January 29. So far, the figures are the largest documented yet in terms of mobile game players in South Korea. However, the report is limited to Android owners only.

In Korea, around 8 out of 10 smartphones run on the Android OS. Based on the documented figures, it can be safe to conclude that Niantic's hit mobile title has done well during its launch week. It can also be concluded that South Koreans are into the craze that hit North America and other regions in July of last year.

"Pokemon Go" is playable in Android and iOS devices. Stay tuned for more updates on the popular augmented-reality game.

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