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Pokemon Go developer is top game-app maker in 45 countries

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By Rachel Lerman | The Seattle Times

Pokemon Go may be even more addictive than Candy Crush.

Pokemon Go publisher Niantic is now the top games developer in 45 countries around the world, unseating King, which makes popular color-matching game Candy Crush Saga.

Niantic’s apps, primarily the hit Pokemon augmented-reality game, have the highest number of installs on Android devices and are being used the most of any games app in those 45 countries, according to research from SimilarWeb.

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Dublin-based King used to dominate the globe, but has now dropped from being No. 1 in 60 countries to being top in only 39 countries.

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Pokemon Go was an instant hit last month when it debuted in the U.S., where it quickly became more popular than dating app Tinder and sent Nintendo’s stock soaring.

Nintendo, which has its North American headquarters in Redmond, is an investor in Niantic and Pokemon, the creators of the game.

The smartphone game requires players to walk around in the real world to search for Pokemon creatures, which they can catch and send into battle.

Outfit7 holds the top spot in the most countries after Niantic and King.

The London company makes a virtual pet game, Talking Tom, that is popular in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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