What is Pokemon GO?

Pokémon Go is a 2016  augmented reality  (AR)  mobile game  developed and published by Niantic  in collaboration with The Pokémon Company  for  iOS  and  Android  devices. A part of the  Pokémon  franchise, the game is the result of a collaboration between Niantic,  Nintendo  and The Pokémon Company. It uses the mobile device  GPS  to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called  Pokémon , which appear as if they are in the player’s real-world location. The game is  free to play ; it uses a  freemium  business model and supports  in-app purchases  for additional in-game items. The game launched with around 150 species of Pokémon, which had increased to around 500 by 2019.

Pokémon Go was released to mixed reviews; critics praised the concept, but criticized technical problems. It was one of the most used and profitable  mobile apps  in 2016, having been downloaded more than 500 million times worldwide by the end of the year. It is credited with popularizing  location-based  and AR technology, promoting  physical activity , and helping local businesses grow due to increased foot traffic. However, it attracted controversy for contributing to accidents and creating public nuisances. Various governments expressed concerns about security, and some countries regulate its use. By early 2019, the game had over a billion global downloads and grossed over $3 billion in revenue. The game also had over 147 million  monthly active users  as of May 2018.

Source – Wikipedia