Tetris, the game that has been part of so many childhood memories for a lot of people is still going strong. Even to this day the game has been selling wildly on almost all the gaming platforms especially the smartphones.
It has been 30 years since the game was first created by Pajitnov in former Soviet Union, then Henk Rogers got the rights to publish the game in the rest of the world.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary, Tetris was played on a 29 story building in Philadelphia in the honor of Philly Tech Week.
In an interview with Venturebeat, Henk Rogers mentioned the game’s success over the years:
We have 425 million total paid mobile downloads. That’s all just on mobile. We had 35 million on the original Game Boy. Boxed products, I think altogether we sold something like 70 million.
It’s really spread over the whole period where phones have become able to play games. That first happened in Japan. Then it sprang up in the U.S. and Korea and other places. That’s a total number over the last 14 years or so.
He also confirms that this 425 million is just the paid version of the Tetris sold and does not include the recently released EA’s Free-to-play title Tetris Blitz.
When asked about Roger’s opinion on Micro-transactions that have been adapted by most of the developers nowadays, he said:
I have a hard time with the freemium model, you have to build the game and then hope you can keep nickel-and-dime-ing people afterward. You have to interrupt the experience asking for money, and I think it takes away from the game.
Rogers also confirmed that they will be coming to E3 to celebrate 30th anniversary of Tetris.
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