Another Vanguard farewell - and thank you
It is with a heavy heart that I join @MM207A in resigning as a Vanguard. Ingress has truly changed my life for the better. I have met people who will be friends for life - I hope to include many of you on that list. I have grown tremendously as a person, and learned a ton about myself and how to work with others. I am grateful for the skills I have gained, and the ridiculous and amazing adventures I have had pursuing green lines and triangles, and trying to move virtual triangles from one portal to another. It has been a pretty wild ride!
I have felt for quite a while that the magic of Ingress is gone. Changes over the last year have led to hemorrhaging of active players and decimation of our active communities. Some of that is probably expected - things change, and it is not reasonable to expect the game to retain that same sense of wonder and enthusiasm for its entire life span. I do think it is reasonable, however, for the company that makes the game to recognize that things are not going in the right direction, and listen to the voices of players who know the issues. I think it’s reasonable for the company that makes the game to understand and value the unpaid labor that has built their game, and that has run their live events for years. I think it’s reasonable for the company that makes the game to value the players enough to make meaningful and transparent changes in enforcing the rules, and for that company to not rely on unpaid labor to police the game for them. Unfortunately, the company that makes our game of Ingress does not seem to be reasonable, and has not shown itself capable of doing any of those things.
There are some really good people who work for Niantic - I do not think this is necessarily a personnel issue. It feels clear to me that as a company, Niantic does not value Ingress enough to understand it - to REALLY understand it. I have messaged this point consistently for two years in the Vanguard program, and I’m at the point where I just don’t want to keep saying the same things anymore. I have devoted a lot of time to making this game a success, and I’m really proud of what this group of people has accomplished. I no longer feel, however, that there is will or capacity on a corporate level to support Ingress as it needs to be supported to survive and thrive.
I am really grateful for the chance to have met so many interesting, creative, committed, and enthusiastic players through this silly game. Thank you to all those who I have met in person, who have carried the Yonicorn banner, run around with me in a strange city, or did whatever ridiculous I asked you to do via comm, Hangouts, Telegram, Slack and even (God help me!) GroupMe! The players are the true treasure of this game and I want all of you to know that I think you are spectacular and my life is better for having worked with you. Thank you thank you thank you <3