Temple Run raced onto the seen in 2011 when it was released by developer Imangi Studios. The sequel, Temple Run 2, was downloaded 50 million times in just 13 days according to a statement the company made in January of this year. That number supplanted Angry Birds Space as fastest to 50 million with Rovio requiring 35 days when the game was released in April 2012.

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“It’s honestly kind of crazy,” Imangi Studios co-founder Keith Shepherd told PCMag. “When we started out, we couldn’t have dreamed of hitting a billion downloads. Now, it’s being played around the world, and it’s amazing to see how much players love the game and want to keep playing. We’re proud to be standing next to Angry Birds.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to all the Temple Run players and our wonderful team,” Shepherd said. “We look forward to continuing to grow the Temple Run franchise, as well as creating additional innovative games.”

Over the three years that the series has been available to gamers, they have collectively played the game over 32 billion times with 216,018 years spent playing it globally. In that time, runners have logged 50 trillion meters traveled while dodging attacks and obstacles and collecting coins.

36% of the downloads came from China, with the United States coming in second with 21%. After that there was a significant drop-off with players in India and the UK responsible for 4% each with German rounding out the top five at 3%.

147 trillion coins have been collected in total, and somewhat surprisingly is the fact that 60% of the downloads were made by female runners. Imangi Studios was founded by husband and wife team Kieth Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova in Raleigh, North Carolina. Other titles that they have released include Temple Run: Brave, Harbor Master, and Temple Run: Oz.

The future

The team at Imangi now numbers eleven people responsible for the future of the franchise.

“A lot of people ask if there will be a Temple Run 3, and that’s something we consider and think could happen, but we don’t have any announcements for it at this time,” Shepherd said, while explaining that the focus of the series is providing updates to Temple Run 2 and growing its licensing partnerships.