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The Pokémon GO dev team is growing

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Pokémon GO co-creator, Niantic, announced yesterday that it acquired the whole Evertoon team, a startup company who uses animation to tell stories.. The Evertoon team's focus at Niantic will be to add new social platforms to the company's range of mobile games, which includes Pokémon GO, Ingress, and future titles.

Today I am excited to announce that we have acquired the Evertoon team, who bring with them a wealth of talent and experience in mobile products, tools for creativity, and community building, announced Niantic in a blog post. "Niniane and her team have been exploring innovative ways to add social mechanics to digital products. As our products and platform evolve, they will help build social systems that will benefit our entire community. We are also excited to have Niniane’s engineering leadership and team management skills, as our team grows."

"Through the course of our company, we learned a great deal about building community and social experiences. We’ve gotten to know other companies who would derive great value from this. Today we’d like to share with you that Niantic has acquired the Evertoon team, reads the announcement on Evertoon. "We will be adding a social platform to Niantic’s amazing roster of games, including Pokémon GO, Ingress, and future titles. We’ll also be contributing engineering leadership experience. Niantic’s games are unique in bringing people together in the real world, and we’re excited to weave our expertise into them."

Pokémon GO is undoubtedly Niantic's core focus, and the acquisition of Evertoon will directly translate into better experiences for Trainers. In September this year, the Pokémon GO Company chief executive officer, Tsunekazu Ishihara, stated that Trainer's journey with the game has only just started.

“We’ve only accomplished 10 percent of what Pokémon and Niantic are trying to do, explained Ishihara, "so going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokémon experiences. Perhaps those "fundamental" experiences explain why Niantic invested in buying a whole team of people with expertise in building social systems for mobile games.

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