Niantic - a company that released a very popular augmented reality game in 2016 Pokémon GO. The company was unable to repeat the success, and now it is forced to close part of the projects and lay off 85-90 employees, according to a Bloomberg journalist. Jason Schreier.
In a letter to workers Niantic, who studied Schreier, the general director of the company John Hanke said the team faced a "period of economic uncertainty" and had already begun "cutting costs in several areas." But, according to the words Hanke, the company needs to cut back even more to survive all the economic woes.
Niantic closed four projects:
- Heavy Metal - a game with augmented reality in the universe of "Transformers"
- Hamlet - an experimental project created together with the theater company Punchdrunk, which is responsible for the interactive production Sleep No More.
- Blue Sky - without specifics
- Sbowball - without specifics
In a comment to Bloombreg, a representative Niantic reported that the company reduced its staff by approximately 8% and stopped the production of several more projects
We will remind you that the last creation of the Niantic company did not live up to the company's expectations. The one released in 2019 was closed this year Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - another game with augmented reality. Projects on the table also turned out to be unsuccessful Catan and series Pikmon. The team continues to work on several entertainments including Pokémon GO and NBA All-World - AR game about basketball.