'Pokemon GO' Wins Big At The BAFTA Awards: Game Still Has 65 Million Active Players According to CEO

10 April 2017, 2:01 pm EDT By Caezar Sotto Mobile & Apps

Despite a declining number of daily users, "Pokemon Go" is still one of the world's most played mobile game. To prove that point, Niantic's hit AR game has recently been winning a lot of awards.

"Pokemon Go" has won as the best Mobile game of the year from The Academy of Arts and Science's D.I.C.E. Awards. Also, the game has won a similar award from The Golden Joystick Awards.

Recently, a prestigious British body awarded "Pokemon Go" another accolade. The British Academy of Film, Television, and Arts (BAFTA) "considers... the game as the Best Mobile and Handheld Game for 2016."

The augmented reality game still boasts 65 million active users according to John Hanke. Niantic's CEO revealed the number while speaking at the London Games Festival earlier this week.

The San Francisco-based mobile developer turned "Pokemon Go" into a worldwide cult phenomenon. The game has already recorded hundreds of millions of downloads since its release last year.

Financial wise, the game has become a cash cow after raking in more than $1 billion in profit. In a short release published on Friday, Niantic thanked its fans after a successful year.

The California-based company also thanked the gaming industry for recognizing their efforts.

The team behind "Pokemon Go" added that they are working hard on improving the game's features. Niantic is insisting that they are still at the beginning of the journey for the hit AR game.

According to Niantic, plenty more content will be added to "Pokemon Go" in the future. The arrival of spring will prompt the company to announce a new event.

In the past, Niantic has unveiled several events to entice players to go outside and hunt for new Pokemon. John Hanke has previously stated that the "Pokemon Go" will have three major updates this year.

Currently, the second generation of pocket monsters is now being added to the game. Niantic usually announces the events in yearly holiday celebrations. Stay tuned for updates.

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