Developer of ‘Pokémon Go’ Buys Social Animation Startup Evertoon

Niantic, a game developer, has become a name that is well-known since it released the game, Pokémon Go, to huge popularity over the past summer. Unfortunately, the game has lately observed a rather sharp drop in its active user community during the past year and a half. Possibly that explains the recent acquisition of the company of Evertoon, a relatively unknown startup, which produces an app for creating animations with customised avatars. “Today I am excited to announce that we have acquired the Evertoon team,” wrote John Hanke, the Niantic boss “who bring with them a wealth of talent and experience in mobile products, tools for creativity, and community building.”

It is that last bit that the team of Evertoon concentrated on in a farewell message that is posted on the company’s website. The firm says that it will be adding a “social platform” to the games of Niantic, including Ingress, Pokémon Go, and “future titles.” On November 30th, the current Evertoon app will go offline and disable access to community features. However, if users grab the latest version of the iOS app now, they can still make videos on their phone in offline mode. Recently, Evertoon released 60 new animations and 13 clothing items as a thank you or goodbye present.