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INGRESS: Coming to a TV Near You?

Last July I wrote a review of Google’s live mobile-gaming creation, Ingress. I wrote the article after playing the game for less than a week. I admit, I haven’t stopped. It’s simply too much fun.

Clearly, I’m not alone. The global popularity of INGRESS has led GOOGLE to consider turning the back story of the game into a television show. We’ve seen other games become movies, like Mortal Combat, but Ingress is different. This is not the kind of game that keeps you locked inside your house until 3am, barring you from the world; but rather a game that takes you out into the world to explore the history and art that surrounds you, but which you may not have known was there.

The back story of Ingress isn’t the greatest. Most of the people that play the game ignore it, but every once in a while I take a peak at where the story has gone, and must admit that the idea of a TV series intrigues me.

According to CNET:

Google already makes the software that powers some televisions. Now it wants to make some of the content that shows up on TV.

The search giant is reportedly developing a TV show based on Ingress, a game created by Google’s Niantic Labs gaming studio, according to The Information.

Ingress is a game that involves players going to various real world landmarks — like a public sculpture or a sign — and “capturing” it for their team by using various commands on their smartphones.

The game has been downloaded more than 5 million times for devices that run Google’s Android operating system. It debuted last year for Apple’s iPhone. There is a major social component to the game, with players holding meet ups to play. (There’s one in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday.)

Google is working with Scott Daniel Co., the producer behind the “Mummy” franchise, to make the show. So far, Google hasn’t pitched the show to TV networks, according to The Information.

Google did not respond to a request for comment.

Across the technology industry, from Amazon to Microsoft, the lines have blurred between Hollywood and tech giants. Microsoft’s Xbox Studios was devoted exclusively to developing shows based on Xbox games. The studio produced the miniseries “Halo: Nightfall,” based on the popular shooting game, in 2014. Microsoft shuttered Xbox studios in July, before the show debuted.But while Google is reportedly developing an Ingress show, this isn’t a signal that the company is trying to be a major TV player, like Amazon or Netflix, according to The Information. Instead, Google views the TV show as another layer of the game, which would influence the way people play it.

 

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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