Pokémon GO India release date speculations were finally put to end. The closure to speculations came when Niantic announced the official release of the game in India. The launch is in collaboration with Reliance Jio and Niantic.
The collaboration between Jio and the game developer for Pokémon GO India works in numerous ways. The network provider Reliance Jio has given its users free data charges till March 2017 and it helps more users to plug into the game. To increase the reach of the game, the partner is making 3,000 of its retail locations and other affiliate stores into PokéStops and Gyms.
Pokémon GO India Downloads Increase in Numbers
Pokémon GO India has already been downloaded over 500 million times since launch. It is available both on iOS and Andorid. The Google Play Store in Android reveals that the game by Niantic has been downloaded 100 million times with an average rating of 4 stars. Most comments on the play store seem positive.
Tinder, another popular app in the country, was surpassed with the launch of the game. Though many had already downloaded the game through apk downloads. According to a report by SimilarWeb, India is in the fourth position for downloads of the games from the file hosting website APKMirror. Huffington Post reports that USA took the share of users downloading the game the most. Since the game has come out, APKMirror’s traffic has gone up almost 600%.
Pokémon GO India Progress: A Fad or an Upward Trend?
Pokémon GO India seems to be progressing well. Niantic seems excited about its tie-up with Reliance Jio. The company faced a lot of criticism in delaying the release of the game. The company later explained the reason behind the delay.
“We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain the quality of service for our users and to bring Pokemon Go to users around the world. Large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokemon Go around the world an… interesting… challenge.”
The company is bullish on taking the game to different continents. Pokémon GO India is getting a good response and may be they will replicate the same in other countries as well.
— IGN (@IGN) December 20, 2016