Dev Diary: Black Lives Matter Beacon
If you haven’t already, please read our Taking action blog post that outlines specific steps Niantic is taking to help bring sustainable, long-term change. This internal memo sparked a conversation within our team and our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) about what we could do—specifically in Ingress—to allow Agents to show a visible sign of support with the Black community.
Today, we've added the Black Lives Matter Beacon to Ingress, which displays above a Target Portal for 4 hours. It’s an optional, free (0 CMU) item in the Store that Agents can choose to acquire and use; we will never charge CMU for this Beacon. The raised fist logo has been used by other movements in the past; we use it here as a symbol of solidarity and support. At launch, we set the redemption limit up to 15 Black Lives Matter Beacons per Agent, and we can revisit this going forward.
Finally, we want our community to continue to be one that welcomes everyone. Rainbow XM for LGBTQ+ Pride Month is also one way for us to share this message. That Ingress brings people together around our shared interests in exploration and discovery is very special. And it’s why we felt it was important that we add the Black Lives Matter Beacon to reiterate that we recognize the Black Lives Matter movement, and we stand in support.