Pokemon Unite has reached a milestone. The free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game has crossed 100 million downloads, a significant achievement. Developed by Timi Studio Group, the game was only launched last year, but has proven to be a success on mobile platforms that Nintendo is still branching out into.
On Twitter, Pokemon page Serebii shared the news that Unite has been downloaded more than 100 million times (via Nintendo Life). To mark the occasion, the developers are celebrating by giving away 1000 Aeos Coin and one Gold Emblem. All users have to do is use the code: THANKYOUFOR100MM.
Published by The Pokemon Company on iOS and Android, and by Nintendo on Switch, Pokemon Unite sees two teams of five compete for the highest score at the end of the match. Since its launch, the list available in the MOBA has expanded from an initial selection of around 20 or so ‘mons to now 44 Pokémon, with more expected to be introduced.
Pokemon Unite was downloaded over one million times in the past month, according to Sensor Tower, with revenue generating around $500,000 during that period. It is by far the most successful mobile title of The Pokemon Company, beating out the likes of Pokemon Quest and Pokemon Home.
The first Unite Championship Series was held this year with American team BLVKHVND taking the first title in August as part of the Pokemon World Championships, which was held in London. According to our Features Editor Eric Switzer, who attended the World Championships in London, the competition stole the show with the MOBA providing an “unprecedented” spectator experience.
While Pokemon United has picked up awards, such as Google Play’s Best of 2021, and was nominated for Best Mobile Game at last year’s TGAs, the title has received a mixed reception, with players and critics complaining about balance and microtransaction issues, among other things.
However, it is up to The Pokemon Company and the developers to ensure that players have a good experience, especially with so many downloads translating into a significant fan base. It remains to be seen whether Unite can maintain its momentum beyond 2023, but we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on it here at TheGamer.
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