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Session Name: Getting Real with Real-World Games: Adjusting Gameplay of 'Pokmon GO' in the Time of COVID-19
Speaker(s): Matt Slemon, Laura Warner
Company Name(s): Niantic, Niantic
Track / Format: Design

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Overview: In 2020, the world was met with a global event with COVID-19 that would change culture and lifestyles as we knew them. As stay-at-home orders were issued globally in March, Niantic moved quickly to adjust gameplay in Pokmon GO to not only keep Trainers safe but to remain a bright spot in many people's lives during tough times. This talk will look at the challenges presented during the global pandemic and the philosophy, solutions, and features implemented by Niantic to ensure Pokmon GO, a real-world AR game designed to foster exploration, still felt uniquely like Pokmon GO while keeping safety of a global player base as the top priority.

GDC Summer 2020

Matt Slemon


Laura Warner


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