April 18, 2019
#NianticLive2020: Nominate Your City To Host A Niantic Live Event


“Our Live Events are where it all comes together,” John Hanke once said to me. “The social aspect, getting people outside, the active gameplay moving through a city… these events are where the whole idea of Niantic comes together.”

It’s true. If you’ve ever been to a Niantic Live Event, chances are that you met a few folks, discovered a new place or two, and walked more than a few kilometers. I know I have!

The event spark that started with the very first Ingress meetup one frigid Saturday morning in Cahokia Mounds State Park, back in the spring of 2013, has evolved into full-fledged fan festivals spanning the globe: multi-day, multi-million dollar events, with hundreds of thousands of players in attendance.

And while we are happy to expand our number of events in 2019, we also hear you that you wish Niantic would do even more events: and maybe even one in your city (or at least your continent!).

Today we are formally opening the door to your ideas. We want to hear from you. Do you think your city has what it takes to host a Niantic Live Event in 2020? If so, post your suggested city park to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #NianticLive2020 and tell us why you think it would make for a great event.

We suggest checking out the #NianticLive2020 website first for a video from our Live Events team that spells out all of the criteria that goes into picking the perfect park (spoiler alert: it’s not as simple as some might think).

We also suggest teaming up with other players in your city, or even with local officials (Parks Departments, Tourism Boards, Local Representatives) to submit an official nomination. There’s a form on the #NianticLive2020 website for those official and group submissions. Deadline for nominations is October 1, 2019.

Please note, submitting does not guarantee that Niantic will do an event in your fine city. But we’ll promise to give your nominations serious consideration!

Meet you out there,
-Bill Kilday, VP Marketing & Live Events

April 16, 2019
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Beta Testing Begins in New Zealand


Witches and wizards in New Zealand are invited to participate in a beta of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Download today on the App Store and Google Play to start testing the game and help provide feedback that will improve the game experience.

For those outside of New Zealand, make sure to sign up at to receive future updates and pre-register on Google Play. If you're an iPhone user, please stay tuned for more updates.

Be the first to know as more information about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite becomes available by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Please note this is a beta version of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Features, available languages, design, and overall appearance are not final. The product might be buggy and unstable at times. We're looking forward to your feedback so that we can improve the game experience.

-The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite team

April 9, 2019
Reserve your Code Name in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!


As we prepare for the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the upcoming title under the Portkey Games label, alongside our partners at WB Games San Francisco, we wanted to share details about an opportunity for existing Niantic users. From now until April 30th, Ingress Agents and Pokémon GO Trainers will have the ability to secure their Agent Name or Trainer Nickname to use in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

If you’re interested in reserving your Code Name, you can do so here.

To clarify, this is not an option to select an entirely new Code Name, but rather to secure your existing username. If you want to choose a different name for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, you will need to wait until Harry Potter: Wizards Unite launches in your region.

Be the first to know as more information about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite becomes available by signing up at and following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Pre-registration is also available on Google Play, so sign up today.

—The Niantic team