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May 17, 2022
Niantic Sponsors The Silph Road!

Niantic is excited to announce our new sponsorship of The Silph Road, a grassroots network of Trainers whose communities span the globe.

The Silph Road has acted as a hub for Pokémon GO players to connect with each other, find local communities, and participate in meet-ups and tournaments since the game’s beginning. We recognize the incredible contributions they’ve made to countless communities, and so we are thrilled to partner with them to help reconnect local communities as we shift focus to IRL play.

Here’s how the sponsorship will benefit our players:

Ensuring that Silph Road stays ad-free. While The Silph Road is sponsored by Niantic, you’ll never have to worry about third-party ads on their websites, including Silph.gg and TheSilphRoad.com.

Development of new ways to connect players to Niantic and each other. We’re creating new ways for players to meet, play, and talk to each other to help reconnect local communities and create avenues for Niantic to support them.

A new Community Ambassador Program. Created and maintained by Niantic, we’ll be working with Silph Road to launch a brand new program that provides perks and rewards for active communities and their leaders who run in-person events. Keep your eyes peeled for more news on this program and how you can join!

We know that thriving communities are the backbone of our game, and we’re excited to partner with Silph and their years of community support to re-ignite in-person gameplay.

Meet you out there!

May 11, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Niantic Community Day on May 21!

We are may-jorly excited for Niantic Community Day coming up on Saturday, May 21!

For the third month in a row, Niantic Community Day will feature Niantic brand ambassadors handing out swag at various locations all over the world, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. local time.

Come say hi to meet up with other Explorers and to get your hands on some free swag (while supplies last!) - simply meet us at the Niantic branded booth in one of the locations listed below. In addition, Pokémon GO Trainers can look forward to receiving more items every time they spin a PokéStop in more than 180+ places.

And as the weather heats up this summer, stay tuned for more Niantic Community Days in the coming months. We can’t wait to meet you out there!

Read more about Niantic Community Day on community.day. And don’t forget to share your experiences from the weekend on social media with the hashtag #MeetYouOutThere.

Meet us at the following locations on Saturday, May 21, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. local time:

  • Orange: Meet up with other Explorers and Niantic brand ambassadors between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. local time.

  • Blue: Pokémon GO Trainers will receive more items every time they spin a PokéStop.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing.

- The Niantic team

May 5, 2022
Niantic Launches Social App Experience in Closed Beta to Select Ingress Agents

At Niantic we’re building a real-world metaverse that brings people together to explore the world through AR. Today, we're introducing an evolution to the social experience within our games.

We’ve been testing several community features with a group of Ingress Agents over the last few months, and are excited to now launch our social app experience in closed beta to more of the Ingress community.

The standalone app is designed to make it much easier to communicate with other Agents, discover Agent communities, and coordinate real-world Missions – all in one place.

Most of our Agents rely on lots of different communications channels to connect and organize real-world activities today. We’re excited to make this experience better for our community, with more features coming soon.

Currently available to select Ingress Agents on an invite-only basis, key features include:

  • Local #Communities: Easily find other players by creating local communities around you.

  • Niantic Friends: Easily add and manage your friends and fellow Agents in Ingress, and across all Niantic titles.

  • Direct & Group Messaging: Organize all your chats with friends in one place, and coordinate Field Ops.

  • Real-World Events: Quickly create and share local events, farms, or meetups with reminders, and invite your community to join and play!

With these new community features, we’re fostering the kinds of real-world social connections that our games are best known for. We’re excited to hear from the community and continue enhancing the experience.