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Niantic names director of developer relations forward of Lightship ARDK launch


Pokemon Go maker Niantic has appointed Oculus veteran Dan Morris as its new director of developer relations. 

Morris labored at Oculus for over six years, initially becoming a member of as head of retailer earlier than being named head of developer relations in Could 2019. Previous to that, he spent virtually three years working at EA as director of senior technique and growth, and served as senior director of partnerships at DeNA for 2 years. 

Niantic has introduced in Morris because it strikes in the direction of the general public launch of its Lightship ARDK, which entered personal beta earlier this 12 months and can be utilized to create “immersive, imaginative, and distinctive AR functions.” 

“Niantic Lightship encompasses the total Niantic platform, together with the suite of instruments and providers that energy Niantic video games, from Ingress to Pokemon Go to our partnership with Nintendo to convey the Pikmin universe to our neighborhood. Niantic Lightship units the trade customary for mapping and shared, planetary-scale AR experiences,” stated the corporate in a weblog put up printed in Could. 

Morris shall be answerable for liaising with devs considering utilizing the ARDK, and has already begun reviewing developer tasks and dealing by means of the pipeline of functions for the personal beta. 

“I am excited by the early curiosity builders around the globe have expressed in working with us,” he commented in a press launch. “I sit up for figuring out builders with compelling proposals and prototypes in order that we will help them get to work constructing their dream functions forward of basic availability for the Lightship ARDK.”


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