Pokemon Go players around the world have walked more than 8.7 billion kilometres since the game came out in the summer, game developers Niantic have announced.
The distance, which was measured on December 7, last year corresponds to more than 200,000 trips around the globe.
Players have used their smartphones to capture more than 88 billion Pokemon, a game that was introduced last August in Malaysia.
The Google subsidiary Niantic released the smartphone game with the popular Pokemon figures from the Nintendo game in July and the app has been downloaded more than 600 million times.
It is unclear how many active Pokemon Go players there are around the world.
The goal of the game is to catch Pokemon figures which appear as if they were in real life on the screen of the smartphone with the help of the camera.
Despite the impressive number, in December, the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health came to the conclusion that the Pokemon Go game does not lead to any more exercise overall by the players.
In the first week of playing the game, players walked only 955 more steps on average than non-game players.
The researchers found that the number of steps for the two groups were about equal after just a few weeks. – DPA