Tetris passes 425 million paid mobile downloads

Now in Gaming, we talk about sale numbers quite often, either as Minecraft’s 35 million, or GTA 5’s breaking $1 billion in a few days. Well another game has come breaking more records with Classic puzzle game Tetris surpassing 425 million paid downloads on mobile devices since its launch in 1984, according to The Tetris Company head Henk Rogers.

Speaking with VentureBeat, Rogers — who purchased the publishing rights from creator Alexey Pajitnov and brought the game to the Game Boy handheld in 1989 — said this number takes into account downloads over the past 14 years and does not include free-to-play versions of the game.

“We have 425 million total paid mobile downloads,” Rogers said. “That’s all just on mobile. We had 35 million on the original Game Boy. Boxed products, I think altogether we sold something like 70 million.

“It’s really spread over the whole period where phones have become able to play games,” he added.

Earlier this year, Ubisoft announced that it had secured the rights to publish Tetris on console. The game will be published for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at an unannounced date.

Tetris reaches a basic pleasure center that people have, I think,” Rogers noted of Tetris‘ longevity. “It lets you create order out of chaos. The game is very random. The same thing never quite happens twice, so your brain has to be making decisions all the time. People like being able to make decisions instead of just doing things according to rote memory.”


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