Gameloft announced today that it has sold a monstrous 20 million apps since the App Store opened in July of 2008. Regardless on your stance on Gameloft and the originality of their titles, this number is incredible.
According to Gameloft, 42 of their 47 iPad and iPhone games that have come out this calendar year have reached the top 5 in the games category with 25 of the games reaching the #1 spot (presumably in their respective game categories. I think Angry Birds has been the #1 overall game since 1906, but don't quote me on that).
"The first half of 2010 marks a new step for us on the App Store," declared Michel Guillemot, President of Gameloft. "The launch of the iPad and iPhone 4 has opened new horizons for developers and allowed us once again to transform our consumers' gaming experience. 20 million paid downloads is proof that our games meet the expectations of our players and we will continue to satisfy them."
With 100 apps currently in the App Store, each app has, on average, sold 200,000 copies. They seem to be keen on pumping them out at record pace now too, with 15 titles to be released by the end of 2010, including "NFL 2011 HD, Assassin’s Creed: Altaïr’s Chronicles HD, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD on the iPad, as well as Dungeon Hunter 2, Gangstar: Miami Vindication, Star Battalion and Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus (also available on the iPad) on the iPhone".
Congratulations Gameloft. It's always nice to see a huge success in the App Store. And please, if you are reading this, I am not so patiently awaiting a sequel to The Oregon Trail. I'm dying here. Of dysentery.