Everyone remembers the Pokemon GO craze, the app reached massive numbers pushing the active player base to 45 million users in just one month of it's release. The massive explosion of the app has brought in huge amount of revenue, with reports now saying it has reached $1.8bn by the second year anniversary.
SensorTower has reported that since its release on the 6th of July 2016, Pokemon GO on average earned a whopping $2 million per day, this then lead to the app reaching $950 million in revenue by 2016. According to the figures released by SensorTower, Google Play holds 1st place for generating revenue with 58%, iOS comes in at just 42%. The statistics also showcased "All-Time Player Spending" and how much each country generated respectively. The following is ranked in order of the top 5 countries: The United States leads with $607m, Japan with $500m, Germany with only $96m, Great Britain with $77m and Taiwan lastly with $48m.
Judging by the figures, we can see that the United States holds the lions share with 30%, Japan follows closely behind with 28%. Germany makes up 5%, Great Britain with 4% and Taiwan with just 2%. Despite having a massive drop off recently with only around 5 million active users, it will be very interesting to see where the app sits revenue wise next year on its anniversary. Niantic, the developers behind Pokemon GO are planning to roll out some new updates in hopes to further the longevity of the app. The updates will include new mechanics to make catching Pokemon more enjoyable for the user and peer to peer Pokemon trading amongst players.
Drake has made the history books once again with his fifth album Scorpion, which was streamed over 1 billion times in its first week online. The record was confirmed by Drake's record label Republic Records, with The Verge.
In the US alone, Scorpion was streamed 745.92 million times in the first 7 days of release according to Billboard. Drake beat out Post Malone's Beerbong & Bentleys which had 431 million streams in its first week when it arrived earlier in the year. Scorpion broke every single-day record for Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music with a huge 300 million streams in its first 24 hours of release.
As for physical sales, Scorpion sold just 732,000 copies in the US which secured Drake the spot for largest debut of 2018. Drake also has 4 of the top 10 streaming weeks EVER for an album, which is another huge achievement.
Netflix is reportedly set to offer up a new subscription that would fall under "Ultra" branding, a new plan that is above the Base, Standard, and Premium susbcriptions.
The purported new Ultra subscription would cost $17 per month, up from the $14 per month that the current Premium plan offers, but knocks HDR away from Premium and leaves it to Ultra. So it effectively means the Premium plan is $3 cheaper per month but you don't have HDR, so the question becomes: why didn't Netflix just make a Premium HDR subscription for $3 more per month.
The names might change, but CNET has confirmed with Netflix that the new $17 per month pricing is indeed real. A spokesperson for Netflix explained: "In this case, we are testing slightly different price points and features to better understand how consumers value Netflix. Not everyone will see this test and we may not ever offer the specific price points or features included in this test".
Snapchat users have been hit with a new advertising service that has already been rolled out, now users are forced into watching a short video advertisement that cannot be skipped.
Since the apps creation in 2014, video advertisement has always been a skip-able option for users. Even though this forced advertisement is only going to be apart of the professionally produced media partners, for users that enjoy watching this specific section of Snapchat will now be subjected to forced advertisment that was originally an option. Users will now have to get used to 6 seconds of ads that will contain anything from Samsung Galaxy S9 to new movies coming out such as Deadpool 2.
This decision from Snapchat is so that brands have a guaranteed amount of seconds viewed on their ads that they have paid for. According to AdAge, Snapchat had quite a lot of pressure from outside brands that were complaining about their ads not getting enough viewer time. AdAge also says that according to some top Snapchat advertisers, most ads only had 2 second viewer time before users would skip and move onto a new video.
Valve has changed the game up with their new Steam Link app that is on the way, the app will have the capabilities of streaming Steam Library games to both iOS and Andriod devices.
Valve has announced in their news section that two new apps will be released, the Steam Link app and the Steam Video app, the goal of these apps are to "extend Steam's suite of services and accessibility."
Users that download the Steam Link app will be able to access their entire Steam Library of games on their "Android (phone, tablet, TV) and iOS-based (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) devices while connected via 5GHz network or wired Ethernet to a host system (Mac or PC), with Android access initially offered in beta."
Messenger is losing its boss after four years on the job, with David Marcus moving onto bigger and better things in the world of blockchain technology, staying with Facebook.
Marcus said in a note that he would be "starting from scratch" with Facebook's work into blockchain technology, while he doubles his presence in the cryptocurrency world as he is on the board of directors of Coinbase. Instagram's Kevin Weil will be joining Marcus, too.
Spotify as a new event on April 24 that it has sent to the media, inviting them to enjoy presentations from their R&D boss Gustav Soderstrom, the VP of Product Development Babar Zafar, and the Global Head of Creator Services Troy Carter.
We should expect that there will be multiple new announcements, with a look at the future of the Spotify mobile app, as well as their ventures into the hardware world. We should expect a spiffy new mobile app that will hopefully debut not long after April 24 for Android and iOS, but the hardware side of things has me just as interested.
We should expect changes to their free subscription service, something that Bloomberg reports will be easier to use, especially for people accessing Spotify on mobile devices.
Kingdome Come: Deliverance already being a somewhat difficult game has just had the option of making it even harder made available to those who are game enough to walk down that road.
The mod titled 'Ultimate Realism Overhaul' will make for the players character to be hindered in almost all forms of progression throughout the game. Examples of this would be boosting the stat requirements for all items, venderos pay you less money, blocking difficulty is increased and an overall slower leveling pace is added.
The results of this difficulty increase is that players will be forced to sleep in the street, this could cause a much more rewarding feeling or drive to completing the extremely challenging early game. Its suggested that this mod is for players that have already completed the game more than once, but if you are after the true 'rags to riches' feeling jump straight into it here.
A rumor has surfaced for a new title coming to the Nintendo Switch and it is no other than Team Cherrys Hollow Knight.
According to an Amazon listing that was found by KianPlaysGames on the Nintendo Switch reddit, Hollow Knight should be released on the Nintendo eShop on March 16th.
It should be noted that Kirby Star Allies is also scheduled for release on that very same day which could mean that Amazon has simply used March 16th as a placeholder date. Adding to the speculation that is this a placeholder date, the Nintendo UK website shows Hollow Knights "release date: 2018."
A rumor has surfaced about Bandai Namco bringing Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Trilogy to the Nintendo Switch.
According to Shonengamesz, Bandai Namco will be releasing Naruto: Ultimate Storm Trilogy on the Nintendo Switch soon. The information originates from a "trusted but anonymous source" which could suggest a number of things.
It should be noted that this is just a rumor at this point, we do not know the source and have a very vague explanation of how this information came to light. ShonenGamez does say below that they can confirm that the insider is not a public figure at all, it is just up to you whether you believe them or not.