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Niantic, Inc. (Japanese: ナイアンティック Niantic) is an American game development company best known for developing the augmented reality games Pokémon GO and Ingress. It was founded as Niantic Labs in 2000 as a startup within Google by John Hanke, who has remained the company's CEO since. In August 2015, the company announced plans to become independent, which it did in October 2015, as Niantic, Inc.
Following the announcement of Pokémon GO in September 2015, the company announced it had received an investment of up to $30 million from The Pokémon Company, Nintendo, and Google.