Minion Rush has been downloaded 1 billion times, celebrates with new event

Minion Rush 1billion Downloads
Minion Rush 1billion Downloads (Image credit: Gameloft)

What you need to know

  • Minion Rush has been downloaded a billion times across all platforms.
  • The game was released on June 10, 2013.

Popular endless runner Minion Rush has passed quite the milestone, with Gameloft announcing that the title has been downloaded one billion times. In fact, by the time you read this, it'll be even more.

That one billion number comes from iOS and Android, not to mention some other "supported devices," but it's still quite the milestone and one that puts the game into very exclusive company.

Gameloft, a leader in the creation and publishing of games, in collaboration with Illumination and Universal Games and Digital Platforms, is thrilled to announce that Minion Rush, the mobile game inspired by Illumination and Universal Pictures' Despicable Me franchise, has received more than 1 billion downloads across iOS, Android, and other supporting devices. In the eight years since launch, Minion Rush has become one of the most popular and widely downloaded mobile games of all time and is also the first mobile game based on a film property to reach this milestone.

Gameloft says that 90 trillion bananas have been collected and more than 216 billion miles covered as gamers spent 3.4 billion hours in-game.

Beginning today, Gameloft is celebrating the milestone with a new event for gamers to enjoy.

In celebration, the team behind Minion Rush is rolling out a commemorative Celebration Event, beginning June 2, 2021, where players will work together to collect 33 billion in-game bananas, to unlock a very special Minions costume. It also features the long-awaited and requested introduction of two new playable Minions, Bob and Stuart

You can get involved by downloading Minion Rush from the App Store right now. It's free, so why not? Make sure you check out our list of the best gaming chairs so you can kick back and relax while playing. You didn't think those chairs were only for PC gamers, did you?

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.