Reward Portal Scans with CMU

Hulk32Hulk32 ✭✭✭


Talking with my communities about portal scanning, I've retrieved the following conclusions:

  • Portals scanning is boring, just walking around a portal making a scan has nothing to do with core game.
  • Comparing it with portal proposals and Wayfarer/OPR, it doesn't bring anything to classic game (for now, we asume new features based in that 3D models shall be implemented).
  • Just a tiered medal with high tiers (onyx is more than a year doing 200 scans per 2 weeks, I'm OK with that but most people won't even bother to try it) seems to be not enough. 

To encourage portal scanning, my proposal is the following:

  • Reward Scans points with an small amount of CMU, 5 could be a good start. This can be done retroactively, as easy as count medal points and reward them when released.
  • Those CMU would incentivate buying boosts and cosmetics, 200*5=1k CMU per 2 weeks, it's not a huge amount but an small reward for helping NIA to build the new database.A
  • A possible step forward could be giving 10 CMU instead of 5 for new scans (portal scans you've never done).

Please share your opinions and let's start a debate ☺️


  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭

    Every other F2P game has a mechanism to attain free in game currency.

    So I agree with the suggestion for CMU for portal scans

  • HydraulinskiHydraulinski ✭✭✭✭✭

    Agreed. Most persons I know didn't even started doing it or stated that will only do the minimum to unlock the badge.

    I'm very used to take new pictures to improve overall portal quality and I enjoy doing it, but scanning isn't the same. Photos are fast, and I can make a better crop after, meanwhile scanning takes time and you to be vulnerable while doing it. I have over 500 portals approved, and probably even more pictures approved, but scanning isn't the same for now. I did 4 as a testing and it is very time consuming, and didn't change anything into the game (at least for now). At least few coins to pay for the mobile data we're wasting would be very appreciated.

  • Hulk32Hulk32 ✭✭✭

    You can upload them with wifi, I always do this way. As you say, it's quite time consuming and you have to look for a good timing to do it to avoid people around.

  • KhatreKhatre ✭✭✭✭

    you'll just get thousands of scans of beers, feets or whatever is in front of you for those with a hp/wp.

    i can't think how nia could see fake scans ? (and how many of those already done are actually legit)

  • saarstahlsaarstahl ✭✭

    It would be motivating to see my portal scans being used, even in a different game. Or at least know how they are going to be used.

  • mortuusmortuus ✭✭✭✭✭

    atleast give us some AP for each scan..

  • PyxisPhoenixPyxisPhoenix ✭✭
    edited July 5

    Did a portal scan with other agents at the same portal...the one with a better phone camera recorded a data of approx 200mb...another agent got around 100mb...imagine the data and time need to upload the same amount of portals...phew...

    Also we didn't find any video settings to play around with...but at least we tried out the new feature...let's hope later we can have the option to select the video quality...


  • Won't say no to free cmu

  • AkceptorUAAkceptorUA ✭✭✭✭

    It's quite easy to abuse this system. How can you check if say first portal scan is legit at all? One can scan its couch actually. 😅

    Plus it would be completely unfair. People who have new phone with ARCore can earn CMU but lots of players with elder devices are not...

  • HosetteHosette ✭✭✭✭

    Cynical take: If you reward me with CMU then I'll feel obligated to calculate how much per hour Niantic is paying me to do this work.

    Then again, I did one scan and the app never managed to upload it so I decided it wasn't worth bothering.

  • Hulk32Hulk32 ✭✭✭

    It's abusable right now, NIA must have an automated system to discard or cut whole scans or parts of them.

    List of compatible phones is growing, it's only about time that most of the players have an AR Core compatible smartphone.

  • AkceptorUAAkceptorUA ✭✭✭✭

    Its abusable indeed. But now you'll get nothing but a medal. What if they'll give you CMU?

  • Or reward us with AP. At the moment I'm sat on 30k+ CMU because there's absolutely nothing in the shop I want to spend it on.

  • AkceptorUAAkceptorUA ✭✭✭✭

    AP is a good catch.

    Having AP for new portal\new photo\new scan looks pretty fair

  • KarM3LKarM3L ✭✭✭

    How would you like niantic to determine what is suitable for 'payment' ?

    Or just give thousands away for useless 1 sec uploads?

  • Hulk32Hulk32 ✭✭✭

    Maybe minimum scanning time? Right now at least 5 seconds are needed.

    Talking about numbers, it would be 2k CMU per month. 10 cubes are 1k CMU. An Apex is 2k5 and frackers AR 4k8. I don't see such a huge loss.

  • Agreed. A little CMU for contribution (portal scan, discovery) is a good idea.

  • 3car3car ✭✭

    I agree on CMU, you only can scan 200/2weeks. Meaning that scan won't fish out CMU infinitely.

  • theimmctheimmc ✭✭✭

    How about CMU, but on a sliding scale? For example, the first 50 uploads within a 2 week period gets 20 CMU (equivalent to 1 cent US), next 50 gets 10, and so on. You can cap it at 200, and open up the # of submissions.

  • PerringaidenPerringaiden ✭✭✭✭✭

    All the other games are far more heavily monetized and require real world money for high activity play. Niantic barely has anything to buy in the store, on a regular basis, let alone giving away buckets of CMU.

  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭

    Although I like the fact that Ingress is one of the few games where I am not forced into micro transactions.

    It is however the one game I have spent the most in micro transactions, ironically.

  • grendelwulfgrendelwulf ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've done well at First Saturdays by buying the bundle of resonators multiple times just to continue playing

  • PerringaidenPerringaiden ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've been levelling on gifts and eggs in PoGo . And any time I buy incubators, I buy the same dollar value of CMU, because I want Ingress to get recognition. I'm going to get to a point where I have to stop because there simply isn't anything of use to be bought.

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