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Pokemon Go has raked in over $2.65 billion

Pokemon Go has been a near-constant presence in the life of Pokemon fans since it arrived back in 2016. Now we're seeing just how much money the game's made as a result.

GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that Pokemon Go has managed to generate over $2.65 billion in revenue in nearly three years; quite the feat for a mobile title, and a healthy reminder that Go is still making that money even as Fortnite has swooped in to steal the hearts and minds of younger gamers. According to the website, Pokemon Go still lags behind games like Candy Crush Saga in terms of how much revenue it was able to pull in during that span of time, but it also notes that Go is not yet available in China, which would likely pump that figure up significantly.

And it appears the United States and Japan are carrying the load in terms of Pokemon Go's profits. The U.S. is responsible for 35% of the spending that takes place in the game, while Japan accounts for 29%. With numbers like that, you can imagine how a large country like China might take Pokemon Go's growth even further.

It's hard to believe its been almost three years since Pokemon Go became an unavoidable sensation. From streets full of kids staring at their phones, to "Pokemon Go to the polls!" to the eventual Pokemon Go events that spawned as a result of the game's popularity, we've come a long way since Summer 2016. And Pokemon Go looks to be very much a part of the long-term Pokemon plan going forward, integrating with games like Pokemon Let's Go and Pokemon Sword and Shield via Pokemon Home.

We can't see anything coming along to shut down Pokemon Go anytime soon, which means it could make several billions of dollars more for Niantic and Game Freak over the next few years. It may not be the traditional Pokemon experience fans will get in a games like Sword and Shield, but judging by the money it's making, a lot of people don't seem to care.