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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite can’t keep up with Pokemon Go

Published: 4/Jul/2019 12:02 Updated: 4/Jul/2019 13:11

by Paul Cot

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After years of build up, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite released on 21 June and even with that hype, it just can’t seem to keep up with Pokemon Go.

Leading up to the long awaited Harry Potter: Wizards Unite release, there had been optimism from Harry Potter fans that its new game could compete, and even surpass, Pokemon Go. This was certainly optimistic as Pokemon Go is one of the biggest mobile games of all time.

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The hype was there, the brand recognition was there, but despite these attributes Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite is falling well short in comparison – at least for now.

The battle between Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Pokemon Go is underway…

Search traffic

One of the best and most accurate metrics to use in order to gauge something’s popularity is Google Trends. With Google being by far the biggest search engine, analyzing the traffic that goes through it is the best way to compare two terms.

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In this case we’re searching “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” vs “Pokemon Go” and the results are clear. Even with the new Harry Potter mobile game at its peak in terms of hype, the three-year-old Pokemon Go still beats it in search volume. Unsurprisingly, the closest Wizards Unite got to Pokemon Go was on its release and even then the latter had 9% more traffic.

There is a clear winner in terms of search volume…

On June 29 the gap between the two widened even further to Pokemon Go having nearly seven times the traffic – presumably as a result of Pokemon Go’s third anniversary celebrations.

Download charts

However, one metric that Wizards Unite does hold the advantage on is in the iOS app store and Google Play Store charts. For example, the iOS store (UK) has Harry Potter: Wizards Unite sitting at number three with Pokemon Go all the way down at 52.

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Pokemon GoPokemon Go recently celebrated its third birthday…

This isn’t a fair reflection on which is more popular, of course, as the vast majority of Pokemon Go players will already have the app downloaded, whereas new players are still coming to Harry Potter. The Google Play Store has similar rankings with Wizards Unite at number six and Pokemon at 31.

Pokemon Go revenue

When we move over to revenue, which is the figure that Niantic will definitely care about, Pokemon Go continues to go from strength to strength – generating a massive $2.6 billion to-date. Perhaps more impressively, though, is that those numbers don’t appear to be decreasing. It actually had more revenue in 2019 this year than it did in the same period last year.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has some way to go if it is to compete with the juggernaut that is, Pokemon Go. It can and probably will be a huge success in its own right, but surpassing the popularity of Pokemon Go might just be a near impossible task.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.