Niantic has shared that the company received a $300 million investment from Coatue, a global investment manager focused on tech, media and telecommunications industries.

This investment brings Niantic’s total valuation at a whooping $9 billion. That’s a lot of PokéBalls.

Niantic will use the funds to invest in current games and new apps, expand the Lightship developer platform, and build out its vision for the Real-World Metaverse. You can learn more about Niantic’s Lightship Platform in the video below:


Words from Niantic and Coatue

Here’s what the big shots had to say about this investment:

John Hanke, Niantic’s Founder and CEO

“We’re building a future where the real world is overlaid with digital creations, entertainment and information, making it more magical, fun and informative,” said John Hanke, Niantic’s Founder and CEO. “This will take a significant investment of talent, technology and imagination, and we’re thrilled that Coatue is on this journey with us.”

Matt Mazzeo, a General Partner at Coatue

“Niantic is building a platform for AR based on a 3D map of the world that we believe will play a critical role in the next transition in computing,” said Matt Mazzeo, a General Partner at Coatue. “We are excited to partner with Niantic because we see this infrastructure supporting a metaverse for the real world and helping to power the next evolution of the internet.”

Niantic also shared an interesting promotional video titled “Meet You Out There”.