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July 12, 2019
Thanks for the adventure, Field Trip users!

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Today, we are announcing that Field Trip will be shutting down service later this year. It is bittersweet because Field Trip was the first product that Niantic created, and it paved the way for our games to follow: Ingress, Pokémon GO, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. In many ways, Field Trip was the earliest manifestation of our mission: explore the world, make new friends, and get out and exercise.

We know some people are still using Field Trip and will be disappointed, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. But we need to prioritize our work so that we can focus on amazing real-world AR experiences that serve the many millions of players around the world. This could include a reimagined version of Field Trip down the line.

Here is what this means for Field Trip users:

  • The Field Trip app is no longer available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
  • Field Trip will officially shut down services later this year after which it will no longer be supported.

We hope you still enjoy Field Trip while it’s still here, and thanks again for adventuring with us!


—The Niantic team

June 28, 2019
Niantic Community Organizes Fundraiser to Help Preserve Atlanta’s Oldest Public Park

Guest post written by Ruti Turner & Ale Cristiani-Owen

Spring Into History took place at the Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, GA. It was one of the many impact events that Niantic supports each year to encourage community engagement and positive impact. The event drew hundreds of players to this public space and raised donations for the preservation & restoration of the cemetery.Learn more about these initiatives and apply for Niantic to support your local impact event on our Social Impact webpage.

Historic Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park and the final resting place of many of the city’s most noted citizens. Less than a mile from downtown, its 48 acres are full of treasures like historical landmarks and gardens, sculpture and architecture, ancient oaks and magnolias. It’s a wedding venue, a green space, an art gallery, a classroom space, a place to celebrate the city’s rich and fascinating past and future and is now a beloved playground for players of Pokémon GO and Ingress.

This is the story of how, on a gloomy rain-soaked day in March, Trainers and Agents from across the metro-area came out to show their support and raise funds for the preservation of Atlanta's oldest Necropolis. It was a collaboration between a motivated Trainer, Ale Cristiani-Owen, and a curious cemetery employee, Ruti Turner, who worked together to encourage their community to come together for good.

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When Pokémon GO first came out, one of the few welcoming places was Oakland Cemetery. It quickly became a favorite playground amongst Trainers. Living right near the cemetery, I often played for long hours. I became friends with the gardeners, who always waved a friendly hello and often asked if I had caught any great Pokémon that day. With the inception of Community Day last year, I decided that it shouldn’t be just about Pokémon GO but also about giving back to the places that opened their doors and welcomed us. With the help of fellow Trainers, we made food bags to feed the homeless and donated clothing.

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One day Ruti, the Private Events Coordinator for the Historic Oakland Foundation, stopped me and asked if I would like to host an event at the cemetery. I was so excited at the prospect of helping one of the places where we normally gathered for Community Day! I reached out to some of my friends in the community and together we decided to host a fundraiser to benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation. It was then that the thought of contacting Niantic came to mind. The Niantic team was so receptive and encouraging of the partnership, and they helped us lay the foundation for an amazing event.

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On a gloomy day in March, we gathered to help raise funds for their restoration efforts. Even though the weather called for all-day thunderstorms, it did not stop Trainers and Agents from coming out and participating in the festivities. Our volunteers (“The Gengar Crew”), handmade quilts and cupcakes, donated swag and worked hard to put together an impressive raffle. Through their efforts and the community’s support, over 700 Trainers and Agents who braved the weather were able to raise more than $5,000 in donations for the cemetery. It was amazing to see the community come together and help one of the places that has always been so welcoming. We hope this is just the beginning of more events to come!

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—Ruti Turner, Private Events Coordinator, Historic Oakland Foundation & Ale Cristiani-Owen, Enthusiastic Pokémon GO Trainer

June 27, 2019
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite brings first Fan Festival to Indianapolis this summer!

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Witches and Wizards, grab your wands and get ready for a summer of fun!

In partnership with WB Games, this Labor Day weekend (August 31 - September 1) we will be hosting the first Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Fan Festival at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. While we’re not quite ready to share the complete details just yet, this is one event you won't want to miss. Keep an eye out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or at WizardsUnite.com/fanfestival to stay up-to-date on the latest as event details are revealed.

Real-world events are truly special moments for Niantic games. They encourage adventurers of all kinds to come together, explore new cities, get a bit of exercise and make some new friends along the way. Tens of thousands of fans celebrate together, experiencing the magic of real-world AR games in new and innovative ways.

Just two weeks ago, we kicked off the summer with a blast, hosting the first Pokémon GO Fest of 2019. Over 60,000 Trainers were in attendance at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, with over 280,000 Trainers playing in the surrounding city. Passionate fans from around the world got together to catch Pokémon, hatch Eggs, trade with one another, embark on Special Research, and were even surprised with the release of the Mythical Pokémon, Jirachi. This is just the beginning, as we bring the Pokémon GO Fest experience to Dortmund, Germany, next week, and Yokohama, Japan, in August.

Millions of Ingress Agents and Pokémon GO Trainers have come together over the years to immerse themselves in these unique live events. There really is no better way to experience real-world AR games, and we can’t wait to create something special for all you witches and wizards out there later this summer.

See you soon!


-Michael Steranka, Senior Marketing Manager, Global Live Events