Whether Pokemon GO is seen as one of the best multiplayer games of 2016 or one of the most disappointing games of 2016, it’s hard to deny the impact that the Niantic-developed mobile title has had.
Above all else, it’s been interesting seeing the the game’s players spending such a prolonged period of time outside in order to catch Pokemon and visit PokeStops, and there is now some quantitative data to show exactly what impact this has caused. According to a recent scientific study, Pokemon GO players have taken over 144 billion steps.
The study in question, which was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, was named “Influence of Pokemon GO on Physical Activity.” This study was initially started to try and assess the importance of “novel mobile games” that introduce gameplay elements into the real world.
Specifically focusing on Pokemon GO‘s impact on physical activity, the study then took data from 32,000 Microsoft Band users over a period of three months, finding the game’s players through search engine data.
Measuring physical activity of users through accelerometers, the study found that Pokemon GO has helped users dramatically increase their physical activity over the space of 30 days. “Particularly engaged users” (those who make large numbers of search queries about the game) saw a 25% increase in activity levels, or by an average of 1473 steps per day.