Niantic (company)

Niantic (company)

Niantic is a mobile app development company founded in 2010 by John Hanke.

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January 2019

Niantic raises a $245,000,000 series C round from Battery Ventures, aXiomatic Gaming, Causeway Media Partners, Samsung Ventures and IVP.

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John Hanke

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Phil Keslin

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Lucas Matney
May 26, 2020
TechCrunch
Niantic, the game developer behind Pokémon GO, has raised $470 million -- most recently at a $4 billion valuation -- largely on the promise that it can translate the mainstream success of a breakout mobile game into a full-fledged augmented reality platform that can rival efforts by Facebook and Apple. Today, Niantic shared that it [...]
Greg Kumparak
April 15, 2020
TechCrunch
Pokémon GO was built to be played outside, with friends, as you wandered around and explored interesting landmarks around you -- or, you know, the exact opposite of what we're supposed to be doing right now. Niantic has been working on transitioning the game into something that can still be played from your couch (Pokémon [...]
Lucas Matney
March 31, 2020
TechCrunch
Even as the pandemic forces Niantic to shift the way its outdoor-friendly titles are played, the gaming company is charging ahead with its efforts to build out an augmented reality platform which allows users to interact with the real world. Today, the studio behind Pokémon Go announced that it has acquired 6D.ai, a promising SF-based [...]
Sarah Perez
March 30, 2020
TechCrunch
Niantic, the development company behind popular AR mobile games Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is adapting its titles to support at-home gaming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, Niantic's games have encouraged people to go outdoors, explore their world, and connect with others in real life as they played. But with government lockdowns and [...]
Jonathan Shieber
March 27, 2020
TechCrunch
Consumers now have their first chance to sample the wares of a short-form streaming service -- and it's not Quibi. Ficto, a streaming service without a paywall offering interactive dramas, film adaptations, comedies, documentaries, talk shows, game shows, and news, is now live on iOS and Android. The company's entertainment is designed to be interactive with live-streaming, geo-location, [...]
Greg Kumparak
December 5, 2019
TechCrunch
We've known for a while that Pokémon GO creator Niantic feels a bit limited in what it can do with augmented reality today. Between the latency limitations of 4G cellular networks and the need for players to wave a smartphone around to do anything in AR, the tech just isn't where Niantic wants it to [...]
Greg Kumparak
November 19, 2019
TechCrunch
First came Pokémon GO. Then came Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Then came... Catan? It's starting to look like the next property to get Niantic's "real world game" treatment will be Catan -- the namesake island from the popular Settlers Of Catan board game series. Late last month, the company behind Catan said during a board [...]
Greg Kumparak
November 6, 2019
TechCrunch
Sponsored locations aren't new to Niantic games. Companies like Sprint, McDonalds, and AT&T have had sponsored locations in games like Pokémon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite for a long while now. The idea: by turning your business into a big in-game beacon and giving players some reason to stop by, you increase foot [...]
Greg Kumparak
November 6, 2019
TechCrunch
Pokémon GO and games like it can't exist without waypoints -- the in-game locations that correlate to real world points of interest, acting as the Poké Stops, gyms, etc. The more waypoints they have around the world, the better the game becomes. But building up these databases of waypoints is tough. A company can't [...]
Greg Kumparak
June 20, 2019
TechCrunch
Just shy of three years ago, Pokémon GO took over the world. Players filled the sidewalks, and crowds of trainers flooded parks and landmarks. Anywhere you looked, people were throwing Pokéballs and chasing Snorlax. As the game grew, so did the company behind it. Niantic had started its life as an experimental "lab" within Google [...]
Greg Kumparak
May 1, 2019
TechCrunch
We've captured much of Niantic's ongoing story in the first three parts of our EC-1, from its beginnings as an "entrepreneurial lab" within Google, to its spin-out as an independent company and the launch of Pokémon GO, to its ongoing focus on becoming a platform for others to build augmented reality products upon. The Niantic [...]
Greg Kumparak
April 12, 2019
TechCrunch
What is Niantic? If they recognize the name, most people would rightly tell you it's a company that makes mobile games, like Pokémon GO, or Ingress, or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. But no one at Niantic really seems to box it up as a mobile gaming company. Making these games is a big part of ...
Lucas Matney
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Pokémon Go creator Niantic is raising a $200 million Series C at a valuation of $3.9 billion according to a report from Katie Roof at the WSJ. The round is expected to be led by IVP with participation from Samsung and aXiomatic Gaming. The upcoming raise would bring the company's total fundin...
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