A recent report reveals that Pokemon GO’s monthly revenue has reached its lowest point in five years. Since its launch, Pokemon GO has transformed players into real-life Pokemon trainers and faced numerous controversies—the latest being the most significant.
Remote Raid Changes Spark Outrage
The Pokemon GO community is abuzz with discussions about the modifications to Remote Raids. Niantic’s decision to increase remote pass prices and restrict players’ access to Remote Raids has left many players enraged.
Consequently, some players have uninstalled the game, while others have gone to the extreme of listing their accounts for sale on eBay.
Disabled players and those in rural areas—groups most impacted by these changes—have been particularly critical of Niantic.
A Sharp Drop in Revenue
In April, Pokemon GO’s monthly revenue amounted to $34.7 million, the lowest since February 2018. The game managed to survive the pandemic by adapting for homebound players.
Although its April revenue ranked 12th globally for mobile games, it represents a significant decline from the $42.8 million earned in March and the $57.9 million in February.
A Discouraged Player Base
While not all players have abandoned Pokemon GO due to the remote raid changes, an increasing number of comments indicate disillusionment and a lack of motivation to continue playing. This sentiment is clearly reflected in the game’s latest monthly revenue figures.
Revenue fluctuations are common in online games, influenced by factors such as developer-released content, competing game releases, and real-world events. However, the timing of Pokemon GO’s revenue drop highlights the controversial nature of the remote raid adjustments.
Though the community remains active—albeit less enthusiastic—players hope for changes to make the game enjoyable again.
As May unfolds, Pokemon GO players eagerly await content that could potentially reverse the downward trend.
Hopefully, this upcoming massive Pokemon GO raid is going to change things drastically.