Tetris has 425 million paid mobile downloads

Tetris has been paid for 425 million times on mobile. That's a lot.

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At Philly Tech Week, an interactive version of Tetris was played across skyscrapers. Hank Rogers, the man responsible for bringing the iconic puzzle game to the States, attended the event and revealed that 425 million paid downloads of the game have been reached on mobile.

Amazingly enough, that figure excludes packaged products, including the 35 million sold sold on the original Game Boy. And while it took 14 years and countless smart and not-so-smart phones to reach that number, it's nonetheless staggering.

The rise of smartphone gaming is largely responsible for the increase in downloads. Tetris reached 100 paid mobile downloads in 2010, meaning over 300 million downloads were paid for over the past four years.

In addition, "that 425 million number doesn't count free-to-play," Rogers told VentureBeat, pointing out EA's free-to-play release of Tetris Blitz.

With events like Philly Tech Week broadcasting Tetris to new audiences, it's clear that Tetris is unlikely to ever disappear. The next big release in the series is a next-gen adaptation from Ubisoft for PS4 and Xbox One.

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    April 7, 2014 3:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Tetris has 425 million paid mobile downloads.

    Tetris has been paid for 425 million times on mobile. That's a lot.

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      April 7, 2014 3:45 PM

      Jesus. So I know there were all kinds of rights issues. Like some guy who didn't actually own the rights to Tetris sold them to Tengen who made the black Tetris for NES (black Tetris is best Tetris), but I assume they straightened all that shit out. So who is Mr. Moneybags is what I'm saying?

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        April 7, 2014 6:08 PM

        So NES Tetris is Black Tetris? Or did they make two?

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          April 7, 2014 6:12 PM

          Tengen (Atari) made one and Nintendo made the licensed version.

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      April 7, 2014 7:36 PM

      And not a dime of that goes to Alexey Pajitnov. :(

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        April 7, 2014 7:36 PM

        oh crap, I am completely wrong!

        Alexey Leonidovich Pajitnov (Russian: Алексе́й Леони́дович Па́житнов, Alekséi Leonídovich Pázhitnov; born 14 March 1956) is a Russian video game designer and computer engineer, who developed one of the most popular games in the history of mankind. Pajitnov developed the popular game Tetris while working for the Dorodnitsyn Computing Centre of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, a Soviet government-founded R&D center.

        He only started to get royalties from his creation in 1996 when he and Henk Rogers formed The Tetris Company.[1]

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      April 8, 2014 9:00 AM

      Which is the official version for android? Or is this only including ios

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      April 8, 2014 9:21 AM

      I wonder how many of those are on touch screen devices. Playing Tetris on a touch screen is like trying to have sex with half a boner...I continue out of a sense of misplaced pride, but my wife would rather I just stop.