Tetris Clears More Than 100 Million Mobile Downloads

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Alexey Pajitnov might just have something here with this Tetris thing. According to early word from EA Mobile and Tetris rights holder Blue Planet Software, mobile users have racked up more than 100,000,000 downloads. That's paid downloads.

The Associated Press reports that the 100 million milestone will be officially announced on Thursday, but that EA Mobile and Blue Planet did not reveal revenue. Tetris is reportedly available on more than 64,000 mobile platforms worldwide, ranging from $1.99 USD via EA Mobile to $4.99 USD on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Which, when you do the math, means a lot of money.

Tetris passes 100 million paid mobile downloads [AP]

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I'm glad if Pajitnov is actually getting paid, as he got next to nothing originally, but certainly deserves something. Kinda doubt this affects him... :/

Anyway, I don't like to drag this into here, except it's such a perfect example when I was just explaining today why I'd import a UMD of Patchwork Heroes instead of downloading it... I paid for Tetris... 21 years ago, except it came on DRM-free physical media, so it still works. :p My GameBoy wore out, but it still plays in the GBC and GBA just fine even though it went out of print decades ago...