Here’s The Inspiring Story Of The Founder Of Pokémon GO, The Game That People Are Going Crazy For


People are going crazy about the new game Pokemon Go which has now become a overnight super hit. According to reports Pokemon Go has more number of live users than what twitter, tinder and Facebook has ? Yes it has broken all the records and generated a huge profits to Nintendo. Do you know it took John Hanke 20 long years to get this this overnight success  from Pokemon Go

Checkout how Pokemon Go became overnight success, It has got 10 million downloads in just 1 week.

1st Level up :- In 1996, while still a student, John co-created the very first MMO (massively multiplayer online game) called ‘Meridian 59’. He sold the game to 3DO to move on to a bigger passion: mapping the world.

John co-created the very first MMO (massively multiplayer online game) called ‘Meridian 59’Image source

2nd Level up :- In 2000, John launched ‘Keyhole’ to come up with a way to link maps with aerial photography, and create the first online, GPS-linked 3D aerial map of the world.

3rd Level up :- In 2004, Google bought Keyhole and with John’s help, turned Keyhole into what is now ‘Google Earth’. That’s when John decided to focus at creating GPS-based games.

google earth

4th Level up :- John ran the Google Geo team from 2004 to 2010, creating Google Maps and Google Street View. During this time, he collected the team that would later create Pokémon Go.

google maps

5th Level up :- In 2010, John launched Niantic Labs as a start-up funded by Google to create a game layer on maps. John explains why he called it Niantic

Niantic Labs pokemon go


6th Level up :- In 2012, John then created Niantic’s first geo-based MMO, “ingress”:

Niantic’s first geo-based MMOSource: nianticlabs

7th Level up :- In 2014, Google and the Pokémon Company teamed up for an April Fools’ Day joke, which allowed viewers to find Pokémon creatures on Google maps. It was a viral hit, and got John thinking the idea could be turned into a real game.

Google Maps Pokemon goSource :- gonintendo

8th Level up :- John decided to build Pokémon Go on the user-generated meeting points created by players of Ingress, and the most popular became the Pokéstops and gyms in Pokémon Go:

pokemon go user generated meeting point

9th Level up :- John raised $25 million from Google, Nintendo, the Pokémon Company and other investors from Dec 2015 to Feb 2016 to grow a team of 40+ to launch Pokémon Go this year.

John Hanke pokemon go

10th Level :- John and his team launched Pokémon Go on July 6th in USA, Australia and New Zealand. Since its launch, Nintendo’s share price has risen $12 billion, and the app is already generating over $2 million daily in in-app purchases, making it an overnight phenomenon.

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Image source :- youtube


Such an inspiration John is to the youth !

Cover Image Source :- Roger James Hamilton

Rohan Pandya is a Blogger, Youtuber and an entrepreneur who loves to explore latest technology on the web everyday. He thinks When You Are Young You Believe The Possiblities Are Endless.

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