Subway Surfers becomes first game to hit 1 billion downloads on Google Play

The endless runner launched in 2012 and was downloaded 400 million times last year

Subway Surfers becomes first game to hit 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Killo and SYBO Games’ free-to-play title Subway Surfers has become the first game to pass the 1 billion downloads mark on Google Play.

Subway Surfers was originally launched in May 2012 and had its biggest ever year in 2017 with more than 400 million downloads. It was the most downloaded game of 2017 worldwide.

The hybrid action and endless runner involves genre favourites such as coin collecting and has added various levels and characters through its world tour feature, which has already added 79 destination inspired levels.

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"We are thrilled to be the biggest game in the world on the Google Play platform,” said Kiloo CEO Jacob Møller.

“Surpassing 1 billion downloads is a historic accomplishment. In this case, history was written by a talented team of developers and a fantastic collaboration between SYBO and Kiloo.”

SYBO games chief executive officer Mathias Gredal Noervig added: “We have achieved greatness by combining our strengths.

“The continued growth of the game and brand is our focus and we are excited about future releases, and the animated short films that are launching later this year.The players will have even more great content to consume."

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