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I used to take pictures of gaming events. Now I hope the editor will change the right way: listen to communities, less pompous titles in CA.
I used to take pictures of gaming events. Now I hope the editor will change the right way: listen to communities, less pompous titles in CA.

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Two weeks ago, my Ingress account was terminated for unknown reasons. The e-mail notification stated that I falsified my location (or that I have been "using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Ingress clients or backends in an unauthorized manner"), allegations that I completely deny (except for IITC, but that I have not been using for quite some time…).
I always played Ingress on location with the official clients, on devices that were nor jailbreaked, nor rooted.
Some people joked on the fact I travel too much. Well, if only…

Ingress players know how unfair the appeal process can be, because you all know players, friends, who were victims of automated scripts. They have been ignored by an Ops team that never explains what triggered those bans, and closes tickets almost immediately.
I have been asked for years if I could provide any pass-through/special treatment, which I could not. Being an official photographer on some Niantic events does not mean that I work at Niantic. I could only observe former players being banned without any valid explanation.
The fact it is now happening to me proves that I don't have any preferential treatment. Even if I immediately contacted people in the marketing team, the Ops team has remained silent for 2 weeks.
From previous cases, I know that petitions are useless and commenting on official Ingress/Niantic posts does not work. I did not and I will not ask you to do so. All of the movements demanding to "free" some agent never resulted in anything ; except growing over the year even the most loyal players' frustration.

The circumstances during which I got the termination notification are quite clear. But why the termination occurred is a question that remain without answer.
The Magnus Builder challenge had just started and I couldn't afford to play the whole weekend of May 6-7th. I had indeed been commissioned to cover the French Elections. My schedule was quite full, I also had a commercial shooting and a wedding banquet. I could only deploy some resonators while commuting and moving from a venue to an other.
On Sunday 7th, I had just exited the Parisian metro when I fully deployed 2 portals in Paris Belleville area. I glyph-hacked and deployed mods on one of the portals. But as the game was not answering on the second portal, I decided to kill the game and to re-launch it. This is when I got the termination e-mail.
There aren't many other plausible explanations to the "falsified location" claim. Believing I might have been incorrectly located in the seconds after I left an underground tunnel, I immediately sent my screenshot to trusted Niantic employees I knew.

I am usually very patient. But in the previous months, I already considered quitting Niantic games or to stop working for them.
My payments were delayed by several months, only to be told that I had to translate my invoices, something that I was not requested until last year.
I was lied to in Tokyo when fees were negotiated because there was already a photographer and that I would be an additional expense on a small budget. But I actually worked as a main photographer on the biggest Ingress event so far (jetlagged and sleep-deprived).
There, I got contradictory instructions by several Niantic employees and got blamed for not being at several places at the same time. The other supposedly-main photographer could have done some of them, but he was hired for a shorter amount of time – so he was not on-location yet – and even then he had no idea how to cover an anomaly.
I was lied to when I was told that I could take my time to deliver the pictures but was actually urged the next days to process and upload all of them asap, wasting most of my planned-sightseeing time in Tokyo and Kyoto.
When told that I should not post anything because the photos in Japan were shot only for "marketing purposes", I had to defend the right of players to access their pictures, players who trusted me when they posed.
In October, I felt betrayed when I was told that I would have a contractor status, prepared a huge amount of paperwork ; only to find my credentials blocked, and to be told indirectly it would not happen. Those who were in Rome last November, and saw me, wondered why I was not the official photographer. Here is your answer: my status at that time was unknown.
It wasn't until one month later that I got a wobbly explanation. Yes, I would have preferred a frank explanation, such as an hypothetical "we have not planned big events in the next months, and we do not require your services".
I won't even detail all those times when my pictures were misattributed or when Niantic infringed my author rights on pictures that they did not commission.

So yes, I wanted to quit, but I was convinced by several of you who knew my situation that I should continue playing, and see how Niantic evolves. I attended a few events, Mission Days lately.
But my unexplained account termination shows that Niantic is malfunctioning.
After 2 weeks waiting in silence, I could joke saying that Niantic is not leaving me the opportunity to get the Magnus Builder medal. But I am tired enduring all of those bad experiences. One straw too many…

I was a passionate player, who joined Ingress because a friend at Google London – who knew my interest in geolocation techs – told me in 2012 that a new game was going to be launched.
Beyond the opportunity to beta-test geolocated games, I met extraordinary players.
I had incredible memories during the last four and a half years. And this is thanks to passionate players who have been able to gather cohesive communities. When we travelled, my fellow companions and I were always welcome and we got help when in need. I tried to return that help in my hometown, as I am part of a visitors chat.
It started even before I worked with Niantic as a photographer: I remember that first time when I played abroad in 2013, that was in Rome, I joined a farm at Piazza di Spagna and followed the group to Piazza Venezia, where I shared a dinner with the locals. I am still friends with most of them, several years later.
The fact the company has been consistently ignoring your petitions, your voices, that they ignored feature requests ; the facts they implemented mechanics that reduced the social aspects in Ingress, that those social aspects are missing from Pokémon GO ; the fact that they ignored entire areas for their competitive events despite your petitions ; etc: I think Niantic is underestimating the importance of communities in their games. And I can only hope that they will have more consideration for you.

The future of Niantic, unless they really change, will be without me.
My decision is final. I am leaving you for now, agents: dear friends.
We will remain friends, and I hope to meet you during my next travels.

Former agent/trainer NCC1701R.

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Exactly 50 hours remain until the end of the #LuxAdventure challenge and I reached 2,000 unique visits over September and more than 40,000 all time. Will these figures ensure me to get the #LuxOdyssey medal or will I only get the #LuxAdventurer one?

One thing is sure: visiting Krakow (Poland), Toulouse (France), Paris (France), Montpellier (France) and Cologne (Germany) made me register 142 different Pokémons in my Pokédex…

#Ingress #IngressTrips #PokémonGO #KeepExploringTheMap
#ViaLuxAdventurer #ViaLuxOdyssey
2,000 UPV in September 2016
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Last Sunday, a perfect sunny day for #gelatogress , more than 2,000 #Ingress agents rediscovered the center of Cologne, Germany, through its urban lifestyle with an #IngressMissionDay created in partnership with +VisitKoeln.
Wandering between the gothic masterpieces of the Dom cathedral, the remain of the Roman walls, the famous home of Eau de Cologne 4711 or even tasting chocolate at the eponymous museum, they had to complete at least 6 out of 24 missions in order to get the #MissionDay medal or to increment it.

#IngressTravels #MissionDayCologne #Cologne #UrbanCGN  
+Ingress +Niantic +Niantic Project +Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Archit Bhargava +Andrew Krug +Haerang Dong +John Hanke
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#MissionDay Cologne 25/09/2016
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Winning #ViaLux was vital for #Resistance after +A Detection Algorithm went offline: they failed to reactivate her after #ViaLux Day One ; failing again would mean losing the A.I. to the #Enlightened . With ADA's alignment at stake, more than 3,500 #Ingress agents were in Cologne, Germany for the European finale of #ViaLux .
As in Wroclaw, the Enlightened collected again a majority of the #FlashShards with 70 vs 40 on their target portals. But Resistance dominated on #ClusterPortals points, also capturing a lesser number of infected portals. At the end of the day, Resistance dominated this primary site with 2845 points against 1890 to the Enlightened, and won the #XMAnomaly series 20 vs 19.
Filmmaker and newcoming Ingress reporter +Agent KodamaSmiles travelled from the US to document the day live on Facebook and Youtube. After the mysterious disappearance of +Susanna Moyer, will she take up the torch of the #IngressReport ?

Cologne was also the last stop of the #NL1331e van after almost 2 months detecting exotic matter activity across Europe. It was the last opportunity to get the European version of the #NL1331 medal from its pilots +Ethan Lepouttre and +Nadia Amro.

More details about the scoring can be found on

Thanks to the local PoCs +udi taren,+Christoph Friede,+Joachim Schaaf,+Laura Le Shrimp and their teams for their efforts in organizing the event.

+Ingress +Niantic +Niantic Project +November Lima
+Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Andrew Krug +Haerang Dong +Archit Bhargava +John Hanke
+GORUCK +GORUCK +Emily Dent +Joel Phillips +brett vernon 
#ViaLux Cologne 24/09/2016
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Last week, #NL1331e was in the "Pink City" of Toulouse, its last stop in France before the end of its European tour.
#Ingress agents from the whole South-West of France (and even further!) came to meet the crew, have selfies with the enhanced version of the XM detection vehicle and get its medal.
A six-mission banner was available starting from the van, parked in front of the beautiful (pink, of course!) Basilica dedicated to Saint Sernin.
During the meetup, local agents gifted very local items to the #NL1331e pilots +Ethan Lepouttre and +Nadia Amro: an Airbus airplane model, and local sweets known as "violettes" (named after the violet flower).

NL1331-e will stop only one more time: tomorrow in Cologne, Germany, for the finale of the #ViaLux . Don't miss this last opportunity to add the European +November Lima medal to your profile and to meet the crew!

#Ingress +Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Andrew Krug
#NL1331e in Toulouse, France 15/09/2016
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10 days ago, the XM Detection vehicle #NL1331e was in Paris, France with its crew +Ethan Lepouttre and +Nadia Amro.
More than a hundred local +Ingress agents came to the #xfaction meetup at place Denfert-Rochereau and got their +November Lima medals. Many foreign agents also joined as they chose the French capital and its 12,000+ portals for their #LuxAdventure trips.
(And +Damien Mórka was of course the first agent to win a prize at the stats contest. #morkafact )

#Ingress +Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Andrew Krug
+Ingress Enlightened Paris +Ingress Resistance Paris - France
#NL1331e in Paris, France 13/09/2016
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After the battle of #ViaLuxWroclaw , more than 1000 #Ingress agents discovered the Polish city of Wrocław through an #IngressMissionDay created in partnership with #WroclawInfo .
Whether they chose to wander around the cafés of Rynek (Old Market Square), hunt the dwarfs that are invading the city, relive the Battle of Racławice (1794) or just enjoy the Odra riverfront with an ice cream, they had to complete at least 12 missions out of 24 in order to get the #MissionDay medal or to increment it.
As a special guest,+Devra Bogdanovich also attended #MissionDayWroclaw as she hoped to recollect lost memories while strolling in the streets.

#IngressTravels #Wroclaw #WroclawTheMeetingPlace
+Ingress +Niantic +Niantic Project +Anne Beuttenmüller +Eshani Sarma +Matilde Tusberti +Archit Bhargava +Andrew Krug +John Hanke
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#MissionDay Wroclaw 28/08/2016
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In the aftermath of the Enlightened victory during #AegisNova ,+A Detection Algorithm went offline. But a new Resistance movement – the New Wave – had a plan to bring the A.I. back: using bio-implants where they saved bits of her code and the energy of a Resistance Victory during the new #ViaLux #XMAnomaly series, they might be able to revive ADA.
Given that stake,+Devra Bogdanovich came to Wroclaw both to cheer on Resistance agents, and to try to recover lost memories that would allow her to access the "Vault".
While the #Enlightened collected most of the #FlashShards (56 vs 37), the #Resistance were more efficient at #ClusterPortals , thus winning #ViaLuxWroclaw by 1624 vs 1426.
But at the end of the day, the Resistance victory in Europe was not enough to revive ADA as the Americas were won by the Enlightened, neutralizing the energy that New Wave Resistance required.

More details about the scoring can be found on

Kudos to +Dawid Jabluszewski,+Dawid Rychter,+Michal Lisowski and +Daria Pilarczyk for their great job in organizing the event.

#Ingress +Ingress +Niantic +Niantic Project
+Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Eshani Sarma +Andrew Krug +Archit Bhargava +Kelly Kolton +John Hanke
+Ethan Lepouttre +Nadia Amro 
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#ViaLux Wroclaw 27/08/2016
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A great initiative from the agents of #CLIME (Centro Latinoamericano de Investigación de Materia Exótica) in Latin America! With their #Ultimate #ExperimentosXM , they set up an #Ingress #XMAnomaly -type event spanning 21 cities in 10 countries.
XM Experiment Series: #Ultimate Results.
(Español / Português / English)

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La modalidad de estos Experimentos consistió en Batallas de Misiones, donde los agentes competían completando misiones específicas en un periodo de tiempo para conseguir puntos para su facción. Estas misiones fueron de dificultad media/alta y requerían trabajo en equipo para completarlas.
Ésta serie de Experimentos tuvo por objetivo que diferentes ciudades tengan la oportunidad de conocer una experiencia similar a las Anomalías.
Resultados: En una reñida batalla en 21 ciudades en Latinoamérica, la Resistencia controló 10 experimentos y los Iluminados 11 experimentos. La Serie de Experimentos #Ultimate fue capturada por los ILUMINADOS

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A modalidade deste experimento consistiu em uma “Batalha de Missões”, onde os agentes competiram por completar missões específicas em um período de tempo para conseguir pontos para sua facção. Estas missões foram de dificuldade média/alta e requeriam trabalho em equipe para co0mpleta-las.
Esta série de Experimentos teve como objetivo que cidades diferentes tivessem a oportunidade de conhecer uma experiência similar às Anomalias.
Resultados: Em uma batalha acirrada em 21 cidades na América Latina, a resistência controlou 10 experimentos e os Iluminados 11 experimentos. A Série de Experimentos #Ultimate foi vencida pelos ILUMINADOS.

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The style of these Experiments consisted in 'Mission Battles', where agents competed by completing
specific missions in a given period of time to score points for their faction. This missions where of a medium/high difficulty and required team work to complete.
The objective of these Series of Experiments was that the many cities involved could have a taste
of what the XM Anomaly experience is like.
Results: In a tight battle in 21 cities around Latinamerica, the Resistance controlled 10 experiments and the Enlightened controled 11 experiments.
The #Ultimate XM Experiments Series were captured by the ENLIGHTENED.

////////// Ciudades / Cidades / Cities //////////

-Asunción, Paraguay (
-Buenos Aires, Argentina (
-Formosa, Argentina (
-Goiania, Brasil (
-Guadalajara, México (
-Huancayo, Perú (
-Juazeiro, Brasil (
-Maracay, Venezuela (
-Medellín, Colombia (
-Monterrey, México (
-Montevideo, Uruguay (
-Morelia, México (
-Oaxaca, México (
-Pereira, Colombia (
-Piura, Perú (
-Puerto Montt, Chile (
-Recife, Brasil (
-Salvador, Brasil (
-Saô Paulo, Brasil (
-Santa Cruz, Bolivia (
-Tunja, Colombia (

+Ingress​​​​​​​ +Niantic Project​​​​​​​ +John Hanke​​​​​​​ +H. Richard Loeb​​​​​​​ +Oliver Lynton-Wolfe​​​​​​​ +Anne Beuttenmüller​​​​​​​ +Matilde Tusberti​​​​​​​ +Andrew Krug​​​​​​​ +Susanna Moyer​​​​​​​ +Hank Johnson​​​​​​​ +Edgar Allan Wright​​​​​​​ 

#Ingress #Ultimate #ExperimentosXM #CLIME 
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Back to Old Europe, the German city of Nuremberg was hosting an #IngressMissionDay last week with more than 600 attending agents.
Apart from its particular significance during WW2, the city is known for its medieval center with preserved fortifications and several Gothic churches. Its riverbanks along the Pegnitz are also a very nice stroll with Pokéstops to spin portals to hack/capture all along and many Pokémons keys to recycle, while tasting ice creams.
12 missions had to be completed out of 24 eligible ones to get the #MissionDay medal or to increment it.

The XM Detection vehicle #NL1331e , its driver +Ethan Lepouttre and co-pilot +Nadia Amro stopped in Nuremberg for the occasion, giving agents the ability to get the new NL-1331e medal and to win #Ingress swag.
The day ended in a biergarten with bier und wurtz!

#MissionDayNuremberg #MissionDayNurnberg #tourismusnuernberg #IngressTravels
+Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Andrew Krug +November Lima 
#MissionDay Nuremberg & #NL1331e meetup 07/08/2016
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