Ingress & Pokestop Selection Criteria

PokeballIngressBefore creating Pokemon Go Niantic made two other games Field Trip and Ingress Ingress: The game that reveals Google’s secret war to control London (We loved reading about Operation Sitrep: A Series of Tubes).

One article in this collection, Pokemon GO, A Popular Game with Some Troubling Consequences, is critical of the location of Pokestops. This article assumes the location of the Pokestops is software driven, but in actual fact were crowdsourced by people who played Ingress.

The Candidate Portal criteria for these portals can be found in this collection:

As of September 2, 2015, we will be temporarily suspending new Portal submissions for a period of time while we work on processing the backlog and on designing new and more efficient ways to evaluate Portal submissions and edits. You will no longer see the NEW PORTAL option when long pressing on the Scanner.Spong Bob Pokestop

A LOCATION WITH A COOL STORY, A PLACE IN HISTORY OR EDUCATIONAL VALUE

A COOL PIECE OF ART OR UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE

A HIDDEN GEM OR HYPER-LOCAL SPOT

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

PUBLIC PLACES OF WORSHIP

Please refrain from submitting these candidates, as reviewing these submissions slows down the process for everyone.

Candidates on PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (including farms)

Candidates that may interfere with the operations of FIRE STATIONS, POLICE STATIONS AND HOSPITALS

Candidates on the grounds of PRIMARY/SECONDARY SCHOOLS

How to increase the chances your new Portal candidate is accepted

In order to help us address our growing queue of new Portal submissions, starting Dec 31, 2014 we will temporarily suspend the Seer Medal. You will maintain your current Seer Medal statusIngress Portal Map                                                                      Ingress Portal Map

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