2020 The Pokémon Company reports second-best year in history Pokémon Sword and Shield, 2017 Pokémon GO

Fiscal year earnings for The Pokémon Company have been revealed today from a financial report posted online. The report compares the financial period ending February 2020 with previous years of The Pokémon Company profits, revealing that this past year was the second-best the company has ever had.

Only the year 2017 has offered more dramatic financial results. Net profit sits at 15.367 billion yen ($142.7 million) for fiscal year 2020, which is a year-over-year increase of 14.8 percent. Pokémon Sword and Shield will have contributed heavily to those profits, being the first proper Pokémon launch on Switch.

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Meanwhile, the successes of 2017 can be heavily attributed to Pokémon GO. The smash hit mobile game launched in summer 2016, which would include it in 2017’s fiscal year reporting. It’s safe to say Pokémon GO is still contributing substantially now too, especially with the release of Pokémon Home. Pokémon Home merges the mobile release with the main console games to an extent, allowing players to manage all Pokémon in one place.

With Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC on the horizon, things are only looking up for The Pokémon Company. You never know what the company may have up its sleeve next, and it’s been a long time since we heard about Pokémon Sleep. Although, with COVID-19, game delays are becoming even more common and could push upcoming Pokémon projects back.


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