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December 21, 2021
Niantic Recap 2021

2021: What a year!  In our new Niantic Recap 2021, we take a look back at a year of exploring the world together. We’re so inspired by the billions of kilometers walked, the millions of friendships made and all of the new Wayspots found for people to discover. Thank you to our community of Explorers, Lightship developers, industry partners and all of our Niantics for coming along with us on this journey.

2021 Niantic highlights: 

  • Held our inaugural hybrid Pokémon GO Fest bringing back the in-person experience that makes this event so memorable. We hosted 47 meetups in over 30 cities and 20 states.

  • Furthered our investments in AR mapping, ad tech, platform tools, and community through five acquisitions.

  • Launched our first-ever Niantic brand film “Meet You Out There” bringing to life our mission.

  • Shipped new games -- TRANSFORMERS: Heavy Metal (in soft launch) and Pikmin Bloom -- that gave people new ways to connect and play together.

  • Opened up our Lightship platform to developers to enable a new wave of engaging real-world AR experiences.

December 15, 2021
2021 Niantic Social Impact, Diversity, & Inclusion Report

At Niantic, we are focused on building technology that inspires people to explore the world, together. We see the real world as a place where everyone belongs, and where good things can happen when we are inclusive, equitable, and foster positive community engagement. Our games have been a source of joy for many people around the world, and getting outside safely, connecting with others, is where we see real life impact happen. In parallel, we are continually working to ensure that our social impact, diversity, and inclusion programs effectively support the ever evolving world we all live in.

After a year of beginning to re-emerge, safely gathering together outside, planting flowers, and launching some really big things, we’re excited to report back on what we did in 2021, as well as to consider where we’re headed.

Activations like our Stop AAPI Hate initiative brought support and engagement to locally owned small businesses and worked to stand up for equality. Our continued commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement included providing funding to 5 developers as part of the Black Developers Initiative, as well as supporting organizations like BLKOUT Murals and Monumental Reckoning. Niantics also completed more than 1,500 hours of anti-racism and anti-bias training across our organization. Niantics also worked to implement a more inclusive avatar system for our games, and Players hosted community events with organizations like Escuelas Sustentables and CicLAvia focused on sustainability, education, and exploration.

In aggregate, Players have walked more than 6.93B kilometers in 2021, exploring the avenues of public space and community building.

We continue to be committed to supporting and fostering communities that are built in the real world, by the people who live in the real world. We believe that when we all work together to build things that are representative of the whole, we all win.

For more information on our Social Impact work, visit our page here, and our Diversity & Inclusion page here.

  • The Social Impact & Diversity and Inclusion Teams
December 13, 2021
Come Enjoy Community Day at These Meetup Locations

We’re looking forward to the final Niantic Community Days of 2021 - happening Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19.

On Saturday, December 18, Niantic brand ambassadors will be at parks and other locations around the U.S. listed below. Come say hi between 11am and 3pm local time - we’ll also have a limited amount of free swag from Niantic too!

Don’t forget to share your experiences from the weekend on social media with the hashtag #MeetYouOutThere. Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing.


Meet us at the following locations on Saturday, December 18, 11am - 3pm local time:

Alexandria, VA - Waterfront Park

Atlanta, GA - Woodruff Park

Baltimore, MD - Broadway Market Square Park

Boston, MA - Rose Kennedy Greenway

Chicago, IL - Navy Pier

Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Public Square

Dallas, TX - Klyde Warren Park

Fort Lauderdale, FL - ArtsPark at Young Circle

Honolulu, HI - Arts District

Houston, TX - Discovery Green®

Long Beach, CA - Rainbow Harbor Esplanade

Los Angeles, CA - Grand Park

Miami, FL - Bayfront Park

New York City, NY - The Seaport, located at Fulton & Water streets and the ground level of Pier 17, located at 89 South St.

Newark, NJ - Colgate Center

Norfolk, VA - iFly Virginia Beach

Oakland, CA - Jack London Square

Orlando, FL - Lake Eola

Philadelphia, PA - John F. Kennedy Plaza/Love Park (German Christmas Village Event)

Phoenix, AZ - Margaret T. Hence Park

Portland, OR - Shemanski Park

Riverside, CA - Ryan Bonamino Park

Sacramento, CA - Cesar Chavez Park

Salt Lake City, UT - Pioneer Park

San Bernardino, CA - Fontana Park

San Diego, CA - Ruocco Park

San Jose, CA - Little Italy

Seattle, WA - Seattle Center

St Louis, MO - South Grand BID

Tacoma, WA - Chamber Creek Park

Washington DC - The Wharf