The astronomical uptake of Pokemon Go may have peaked, with the novelty starting to wear off for some of the app’s early adopters.
A survey found Pokemon Go gained more daily users more quickly than other popular apps, like Candy Crush and Twitter, but reached its peak daily use on July 14, one week after its release.
The SurveyMonkey statistics indicated that just over 25 million smartphone users played the game on that day, though the number started to decline a few days later.
The Newsroom took to the streets to ask Sydneysiders if they thought the initial hype was dying down. We found mixed reactions among users and observers.
Max, from Surry Hills, says he played it five or six times but stopped when he “realised it was just the latest fad kind of culture”. But he says some of his friends are addicted.
“I think the interest in it is increasing at a rapid rate. All my friends are playing it,” he said.
“I even drove one of my mates around looking for them. It was one of the sadder experiences of my life.”
Mark Finch, 52, also of Surry Hills, believes “in six months it will be gone!”.
“It’s just an over-hyped children’s game,” he said.
“With a new game there’s always going to be a peak where everyone wants to be a part of it then it will just drip down and fall off the scale.”
Ashish, 24, from Kogarah doesn’t play it anymore: “It’s too boring. My friends and I all quit at the same time,” he said.
Rebecka Davidsson, of Double Bay, agrees the initial interest will decline but the game will always have a following.
“There’s not as much hype but people still play – it’s just not as hectic as it was before,” she said.
Lauren, 20, from Riverwood, said although she no longer played it she hoped it would be developed to retain people’s interest.
“It’s fantastic for everyone to get out and about but I can see the interest dying down unless Nintendo releases more exciting things to keep everyone playing.”
Paramita, 19, from Glenfield, thinks it will get bigger and better.
“I don’t play it that much. I only play it on my way to uni to get all the Pokestops,” she said.
“It’s not dying down; I think it will be constantly played.” – The Newsroom Team
Photo by James Mott.