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Unity’s IPO numbers look pretty … unreal?

Unity’s IPO numbers look pretty … unreal? Unity, the company founded in a Copenhagen apartment in 2004, is poised for an initial public offering with numbers that look pretty strong. Even as its main competitor, Epic Games, is in the throes of a very public fight with Apple over the fees the […]

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CRV’s Saar Gur wants to invest in a new wave of games built for VR, Twitch and Zoom

CRV’s Saar Gur wants to invest in a new wave of games built for VR, Twitch and Zoom Saar Gur is adept at identifying the next big consumer trends earlier than most: The San Francisco-based general partner at CRV has led investments into leading consumer internet companies like Niantic, DoorDash, Bird, Dropbox, […]

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Niantic will make Pokémon GO more stay-at-home friendly with remote raids

Niantic will make Pokémon GO more stay-at-home friendly with remote raids Pokémon GO was built to be played outside, with friends, as you wandered around and explored interesting landmarks around you — or, you know, the exact opposite of what we’re supposed to be doing right now. Niantic has been working on […]

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Los Angeles-based Ficto launches its Quibi competitor — with Niantic as a content partner

Los Angeles-based Ficto launches its Quibi competitor — with Niantic as a content partner Consumers now have their first chance to sample the wares of a short-form streaming service — and it’s not Quibi. Ficto, a streaming service without a paywall offering interactive dramas, film adaptations, comedies, documentaries, talk shows, game shows, […]

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Is this Niantic’s next game?

Is this Niantic’s next game? First came Pokémon GO. Then came Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Then came… Catan? It’s starting to look like the next property to get Niantic’s “real world game” treatment will be Catan — the namesake island from the popular Settlers Of Catan board game series. Late last month, […]

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VC Cyan Banister on her path, who decides what at Founders Fund, and the state of San Francisco

VC Cyan Banister on her path, who decides what at Founders Fund, and the state of San Francisco Cyan Banister is an American success story. A homeless teenager who originally supported herself by making hemp necklaces, then silk-screen T-shirts, she went on to become a self-taught engineer and to later hold several […]

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VR/AR startup valuations reach $45 billion (on paper)

VR/AR startup valuations reach billion (on paper) Despite early-stage virtual reality market and augmented reality market valuations softening in a transitional period, total global AR/VR startup valuations are now at $45 billion globally — include non-pure play AR/VR startups discussed below, and that amount exceeds $67 billion. More than $8 billion has […]

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Pokémon GO battles will soon be less tappy, more Fruit Ninja-y

Pokémon GO battles will soon be less tappy, more Fruit Ninja-y At the end of last year, Pokémon GO finally got a player-versus-player battling system. While it was a very much welcomed addition, it has always seemed a bit… monotonous. It just requires so… much… tapping. You repeatedly tap the screen to […]

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite goes live in Canada, Germany, and 23 other countries

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite goes live in Canada, Germany, and 23 other countries Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (think Pokémon GO, but with wands and giant spiders instead of pokéballs and Pikachus) officially launched earlier this week, but with a catch: it was only available in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. […]

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A chat with Niantic CEO John Hanke on the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

A chat with Niantic CEO John Hanke on the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Just shy of three years ago, Pokémon GO took over the world. Players filled the sidewalks, and crowds of trainers flooded parks and landmarks. Anywhere you looked, people were throwing Pokéballs and chasing Snorlax. As the game […]

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