Niantic launches $1m AR game contestPokémon Go developer encourages developers to “think outside the box”James BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefFriday 21st December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNianticNiantic has launched a new competition for developers to see what they can do with the firm’s augmented reality technology — and there’s a prize pool of more than $1m on offer.The Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest is open to all developers and requires them to use the studio’s Real World Platform to build new mobile games that “push the boundaries” of the tech.The company wants to see projects that explore three core pillars: exploration, exercise and real-world social interaction. Applications are now open, with details on how to apply on Niantic’s site. Teams must have at least five members, with experience in Unity and Java Server technology.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2019, and finalists will get to work for a three-month period on a demo they can show off at Niantic’s HQ in San Francisco.There is also the suggestion that Niantic may assist with bringing these games to market, with mention that finalists will be brought to San Francisco to meet executives and “lay the groundwork for the work to come.”Niantic co-founder and CTO Phil Keslin said: “While our focus is on games, we’re encouraging applicants to think outside the box with their submissions. We can’t wait to see the creative applications that bridge the gap between gaming and other areas of recreation and entertainment.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNiantic launches Black Developers Initiative, offers funding and mentorshipPokémon Go developer continues efforts to support underrepresented Black developers in creating new AR gamesBy James Batchelor 3 months agoNiantic acquires community gaming platform MayhemSan Francisco gaming start-up to bring more social gaming experience to Pokemon Go makerBy Rebekah Valentine 4 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.