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Pokemon Go 2023 the worst revenue year since launch due to Remote Raid Changes

Update: Statista reports new numbers now. It looks like Niantic and Pokemon Go made $566 million instead of $324, as per the first report.

This doesn’t change the fact that their profits are decreasing every year.

Trainers, it seems that Niantic and Pokemon Go didn’t have a successful 2023 in terms of earnings. This is confirmed by the latest information from Statista, so let’s see the numbers.

The sensation called Pokemon Go started back in 2016. Pokemon Go broke all records and became the most-played mobile game in the world. The game made a lot of Benjamins, but it seems that things are changing. And it is changing for the worse.

According to data published by Statista, Niantic and Pokemon Go had one of their worst years in terms of earnings, with a total of $324 million. Now, this may seem like a lot, but if we compare the 2023 earnings to $646 million in 2022 and $324 million in 2023, the difference is almost double. And if we compare it with 2021 and 2020, then the difference is three times greater. 2020 was the best year, in which Niantic and Pokemon Go earned almost $910 million.

Why is this difference so great? Well, everything was going well, until the Remote Raid Pass announcement.

Here are the changes they’ve made:

We want to give you a heads-up about changes coming to Pokemon GO’s Remote Raid Passes. These changes are designed to rebalance the game and ensure it’s enjoyed by Trainers for years to come. The changes will go into effect on April 6, 2023.

Pricing adjustments

  • The price of the Remote Raid Pass three-pack will increase to 525 PokeCoins.
  • The price of single Remote Raid Passes will increase to 195 PokeCoins.
  • A Premium Battle Pass three-pack will be added to the shop for the price of 250 PokeCoins.

Remote Raid participation limits

  • Trainers will be able to participate in a maximum of five Remote Raids per day.
  • This maximum may change and increase for special events.

Remote Raid Passes

  • Remote Raid Passes will be included in the pool of potential rewards for Research Breakthroughs.
  • Remote Raid Passes earned via Research Breakthroughs will still be subject to the existing inventory limit of three Remote Raid Passes per Trainer.
  • If a Trainer earns a Remote Raid Pass from a Research Breakthrough while at the three Remote Raid Pass limit, they will receive a Premium Battle Pass instead.”

Things are not looking good, and now it becomes clear to us why they are forcing all these event tickets. They don’t need to force the event tickets if they want to pay their bills, they need to revoke the Remote Raid Pass changes, and voilà, Benjamins will be knocking on their door right away.

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Dejan Kacurov

Hello everyone! My name is Dejan, but you can call me Mr.D. I enjoy all video games, especially Apex Legends, Pokemon Go, and Spider-Man. A husband and father of two who also goes to the gym often and does Crossfit. I got inspiration for gaming exactly 8 years ago, and I've been writing gaming news for 7 years. I hope that you will find all the answers to your questions regarding gaming on our site. Stay healthy, and love each other!

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