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Pokemon Go Creator Niantic Raises $245 Million at $4 Billion Valuation

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Pokemon Go Creator Niantic Raises $245 Million at $4 Billion Valuation

John Hanke, creator of Pokemon Go and Chief Executive Officer of Niantic

Highlights
  • The Series C financing round was led by IVP
  • Niantic was spun off from Google in 2015
  • Company is headed by longtime Google executive John Hanke

Pokemon Go creator Niantic said on Wednesday it had raised $245 million (roughly Rs. 1,700 crores) in a new round of financing bringing its valuation to nearly $4 billion (roughly Rs. 28,000 crores).

The Series C financing round was led by IVP with additional strategic investments from aXiomatic Gaming, Battery Ventures, Causeway Media Partners, CRV, and Samsung Ventures, the company said.

Niantic and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment said in November they would launch a new "Harry Potter" augmented reality mobile game.

The game would use real-life locations similar to Niantic and Nintendo Co's Pokemon Go, which became the first mass-market adoption of augmented reality in July 2016 and allowed players to "catch" animated characters that appeared in their surroundings.

"It's a rare opportunity to partner up with a company that is already highly profitable at this stage, which is another reason we are so bullish on Niantic," IVP's Sandy Miller said.

Niantic was spun off from Google in 2015 and is headed by longtime Google executive John Hanke.

© Thomson Reuters 2019

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