The Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest

Got a great AR game idea burning a hole in your head and all you need is the infrastructure behind Pokémon Go? Well, not only is that available…

Niantic’s Real World Platform combines a world-scale persistent state engine, multiplayer AR, high-speed networking, geolocation data, and much more to create unique experiences that promote a sense of imagination and adventure…

… there’s a competition on to get paid to do a prototype with it!

The Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest

We invite you to reach beyond reality and apply for the Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest. Explore and create an impactful geospatial AR play experience with the Niantic Real World Platform, and compete for your share of a prize pool of more than one million USD.

For more details on the contest, please check out our blog and please see the Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest Official Rules…

Let’s check those more details out, shall we?

Niantic’s Real World Platform combines a world-scale persistent state engine, multiplayer AR, high-speed networking, geolocation data, and much more to create unique experiences that promote a sense of imagination and adventure. We’re seeking applicants that are excited about creating projects that follow core tenets of Niantic: exploration, exercise and real-world social interaction. The required team composition is at least five developers with experience in Unity and Java Server development.

Our focus is on games, but our definition of games is pretty expansive. So if you have an idea that bridges gaming and other areas like physical activity, social, travel or shopping, please feel free to submit. We are looking for proposals that leverage the Niantic Real World Platform’s persistent, real world capability as well as advanced AR. We encourage you to think boldly!

Well, had we the time, we’d have you do AR puzzles Tomb Raider style … inside actual ancient ruins like Angkor Wat. Help yourself, you’re welcome!

A select group of ten teams will earn a stipend and access to the Niantic Real World Platform. Finalists will work for a three-month period, with the goal of showing off their incredible work at a Demo Day in San Francisco, hosted by Niantic. In addition to regular guidance and discussion from the Niantic Engineering team, finalists will be brought to San Francisco/Bay Area to meet with executives and lay the groundwork for the work to come.

We invite you to adventure along with us, and create something that the world has never seen before…

Got some time on your hands and an indie game itch? Looks like the opportunity of the year (at least) there!

Alex | March 1, 2019

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