Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices.
Initial release date: July 6, 2016
Teams: Team Instinct, Team Mystic, Team Valor
Awards: The Game Award for Best Mobile/Handheld Game, The Game Award for Best Family Game
Pokémon Go was released to mixed reviews, with critics praising the game's concept and the incentive to be more active in the real world, while criticizing frequent technical issues apparent at launch. Despite such reviews, it quickly became a global phenomenon and was one of the most used and profitable mobile apps in 2016, having been downloaded more than 500 million times worldwide. It was credited with popularizing location-based and augmented reality technology, promoting physical activity, and helping local businesses grow by way of increased foot traffic. However, it also attracted controversy for contributing to various accidents, as well as becoming a public nuisance at some locations. Various governments also expressed concerns over the security of the game, with some countries passing legislation to regulate its use.