Pokévision and Esri Speed Pokémon Go Hunting

ArcGIS Services Enhance Gameplay in Summer’s Hottest Hit

the world’s leading developer of GIS software, announced today that Pokévision,
a third-party app for the viral mobile game Pokémon Go, uses Esri’s
award-winning location-based data and mapping platform ArcGIS to help
players of the game find Pokémon around them.

A web map powered by ArcGIS services, Pokévision shows all Pokémon near
user-requested locations. When visitors type an address or drop a pin on
the map, Pokémon are displayed in real time. Pokévision helps Pokémon Go
players hunt more strategically by displaying location changes and time
spent in each place; the length of time in a given location depends on
the rarity of the character.

“When we created Pokévision, we chose Esri
almost immediately because it was the only option that was
able to scale at the rate we were growing,” said the Pokévision founder
Y. Liu. “Using Esri alleviated many of the concerns we had with scaling,
and helped us to quickly and seamlessly keep pace with our growing user

Pokévision had 20 million unique users in the first five days and is
growing. Its peak usage exceeded 320,000 visitors with map requests
reaching into the tens of millions.

Pokévision developers chose Esri for its open-source, mobile-friendly
interactive mapping capabilities. The developers first built the locator
for a few friends, but the tool was so popular it quickly went viral.
Within hours of creation, Esri experienced double the normal hit rates,
and use of interactive maps used to display Pokémon rose by more than

“The ArcGIS Online platform is designed to scale in high-performance,
high-growth environments,” said Paul Ross, product manager for ArcGIS
Online at Esri. “Even large data sets at high volume can be handled in
real or near real time, as happened with the Pokévision locator.”

Developers can bring the Pokévision location to their apps using ArcGIS
regardless of their experience in creating geospatial applications. Web,
mobile, and desktop apps can incorporate the same mapping,
visualization, and analysis that hundreds of thousands of organizations
around the world rely on every day.

Learn more at go.esri.com/pr-developersarcgis

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