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Pika! Pokemon Go’s 5th anniversary in 8 photos

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Can you believe Pokémon Go has been out for five years? The free-to-play AR game launched on July 6, 2016.

Pokémon Go became a global phenomenon, as millions gathered to explore their surroundings while catching cute creatures with friends, as seen in this 2016 Lure Party in London.

Here are 8 images to celebrate Pokémon Go’s 5th birthday

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Pokémon Go launched to immediate success. The game encourages exploration, exercise, and socialization, as evidenced by these players enjoying the Sydney Opera House in 2016.

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Within its first week, the free-to-play game was downloaded more 10 million times, shattering App Store records. Here, players try it for the first time in Hong Kong.

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Even people who typically didn’t play mobile games downloaded Pokémon Go in 2016. It was a way to socialize that was accessible for many players, as seen in this 2016 San Francisco gathering.

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The game generated business for local stores, as well. Companies could become Pokémon Go Sponsored Locations, like San Francisco’s Betabrand in 2016.

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As players visited famous landmarks in their area, a tight but massive community formed around Pokémon Go. Here, you can see a group playing in Madrid in 2016.

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Each year, tens of thousands of people gather for Pokémon Go Fest, in-person events held in various cities across the world, like this 2017 event in Hong Kong.

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The game is continuously updated with new features and quality of life improvements to keep players around. Pokémon Go has evolved tremendously since 2016.

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By 2020, Pokémon Go generated over $6 billion in revenue for developer Niantic, as players continue to spend real money on in-game items.

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Pokémon Go is out now on Android and iOS mobile devices.