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Niantic reveals Visual Positioning System, SpotX Games and more at the Lightship Summit 2022

On 24th May 2022, in San Francisco, Niantic hosted day one of the first-ever Lightship Summit in 2022, a two-day conference for their global community of AR developers. At the Summit, we opened the Lightship Visual Positioning System (VPS) to developers everywhere, with more than 30,000 VPS-activated public locations immediately available and a new app for developers to quickly add their own locations to our dynamic AR map of the world.

Campfire, a social tool for the real-world metaverse that connects our games and lets players discover new people, places, and activities, was also shown off by Niantic. Niantic Ventures announced its first two investments in TRIPP and PIXELYNX, and 8th Wall, the world’s premier WebAR development platform, unveiled a new pricing tier just for creators.

Niantic launched the Lightship Visual Positioning System and Niantic AR Map at the Lightship Summit 2022

It was announced during the Summit that the Lightship Visual Positioning System (VPS), and is now available to all developers, with over 30,000 VPS-activated public places and a new tool for developers to instantly add their own locations to our dynamic AR map of the world. Niantic gave participants hands-on experience with VPS-enabled apps from partners who had participated in the private beta prior to today’s launch to bring VPS to life.

Niantic Lightship Summit 2022
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Niantic also previewed Campfire, a social application for the real-world metaverse that weaves together our games and helps players discover new people, places, and experiences. 8th Wall, the world’s leading WebAR development platform, announced a new pricing tier specially for creators, and Niantic Ventures announced its first two investments in TRIPP and PIXELYNX.

SpotX Games is a Miami-based startup that creates fun AR games using Web3 technology which has joined Niantic

Niantic announced at the Lightship Summit 2022 that the SpotX Games team, a Miami-based augmented reality game firm that makes Web3 and NFTs accessible to everyone, has joined the Niantic family. SpotX Games has a strong following in the Web3 community and shares Niantic’s goal of delivering fun, real-world gameplay adventures through augmented reality while promoting community participation.

Niantic Lightship Summit 2022
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SpotX Games was created in January 2022 by Galina Fendikevich, Traci Levine, Jackson Harris, Chris Daniels, and David Woodward, a tiny but mighty team of five who met during Miami Hack Week. Chris, a Miami Tech alumnus and founder of The Shrimp Society, a non-profit that assists early-stage entrepreneurs, hosted a “hack” house that brought together coders and creatives from all walks of life.

A unifying concept emerged during a brainstorming session: to establish a scavenger hunt across the many “hack” residences, with players charged with uncovering concealed QR codes containing NFTs and collecting as many as they could. Shrimp Games, as it was known, was the talk of Hack Week, inspiring the crew to stick together and begin development on SpotX Games.

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