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GungHo's Puzzle & Dragons tops 17 million users in Japan, but is growth slowing?

It's dragon a bit

GungHo's Puzzle & Dragons tops 17 million users in Japan, but is growth slowing?
The stratospheric success of GungHo's top game Puzzle & Dragons continues to grow in its home country of Japan, but there are signs that its momentum is fading.

The addictive match-three puzzle game hit 15 million users in the middle of June, and surpassed the 16 million user milestone earlier in July. At the time, Puzzle & Dragons was adding a million new users every 21 days.

But the jump from 16 million to 17 million registered users took Puzzle & Dragons a pair of extra days to accomplish.

A dragon's long tail

The height of Puzzle & Dragons' popularity came in March and April of this 2013, when it attracted 1 million new users in just 16 and 15 days, respectively.

The growth periods have slowed consistently since that time, with GungHo's darling taking 19 days to reach 13 million users, 20 days to hit 14 million users, and 21 days to reach the 15 and 16 million user milestones.

Adding a million new users in 23 days is still an impressive accomplishment, but many will be watching GungHo closely to see how long it will take the Japanese developer to attract another million downloads.

[source: Serkan Toto]

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