Niantic CEO Explains How Mapping Works in Pokémon GO
It’s safe to say at this point that Pokémon GO has become quite the cultural phenomenon. While it’ll be interesting to see whether it holds the public’s long term attention, the absolutely staggering numbers this new app has generated is nothing to be ignored. While the initial release is still a buggy and incomplete beast, it actually owes a lot to its predecessor, Ingress.
John Hanke — CEO of Niantic — recently discussed the game with Mashable, opting to talk about the mapping system. Alongside the fact that hanke and several developers and Niantic had a hand in the creation of Google Maps, Ingress — a similar ARG form Niantic — was used as the foundation for what became Pokémon GO.
Portals in that game were converted into gyms and Pokéstops, so it’s no surprise that there’s been a robust amount of places to go. Moreover, the company is…
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