Pokémon Go Creator Niantic Raises $300M, Valued At $9B
Niantic, an augmented reality (AR) company whose products include the famous Pokémon Go game, has raised a big new round of funding. It’s raised $300mn in funding at a valuation of $9bn. All the funding came from just one investor; Coatue, a New York-based hedge fund famous for investing in many blue-chip tech startups.
- With its new funding, Niantic says it’ll invest in current games and new apps and expand its AR developer platform called Lightship. The company says it’s set on building the “real-world metaverse,” jumping on the bandwagon popularized by Facebook’s parent firm, Meta.
- With the latest funding, Niantic has now raised a total of $770mn from VCs. Its last funding round before this one was in 2019, when it raised $245mn at a $4bn valuation.
- Niantic was founded in 2010 and has since been led by its founder and CEO, John Hanke. Hanke is a former Google executive who built Niantic’s foundation with the tech giant’s resources and spun it off as a separate company.