Niantic and WB Games announced the first ever real-world event for the mobile game will be coming to Indianapolis, US, from August 31st – September 1st.
The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Fan Festival will take place at the White River State Park where players will be able to engage in a variety of interactive experiences bridging the in-game experience with the real world.
“Real-world events are part of Niantic’s DNA, bringing players from all walks of life together in the name of adventure, exploration and creating lasting friendships,” said Bill Kilday, vice president of marketing and live events, Niantic. “The incredible White River State Park is surrounded by the rich culture and history of Indianapolis and will be the perfect location for our inaugural Harry Potter: Wizards Unite event.”
The first-ever real-world event for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will welcome players to Indianapolis to investigate the chaotic magical activity that is leaking into the Muggle world and work together to solve the mystery of this Calamity. Players will explore Indianapolis and the beautiful White River State Park to discover mysterious artifacts, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts alongside their friends and other players.
“We’re delighted to welcome thousands of wizards and witches playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to Indy over Labor Day weekend,” said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy. “Our long history of hosting gamers from around the world and delivering large-scale events makes Indy the perfect place to launch this first-of-its-kind event, an event which will also put Indy’s culture and local businesses on full display in front of a global audience.”
Over the last eight years, Niantic has been developing and producing real-world events as key elements of their real-world mobile games portfolio, which includes Ingress and Pokémon GO. From community driven meetups to large-scale produced events welcoming tens of thousands of players in a weekend, Niantic has hosted millions of players at events that have taken place across hundreds of cities and locations around the world.
More information about the first-ever Harry Potter: Wizards Unite event and how fans can enter the lottery for a chance to buy tickets will be announced in the coming weeks. For more details, please visit www.harrypotterwizardsunite.com/fanfestival
As of July 19th registration for the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Fan Festival ticket drawing is now live through your Wizards Unite app. To find it, click on your ‘suitcase’ and you’ll notice a new button to the top right called ‘events’. Clicking this will bring you to Niantic’s event website where you just click ‘Enter Drawing’ to enter the lottery.
Additional details about ticketing for the event, including pricing, rules, and instructions on how fans can enter the drawing are available at the official event site here: https://harrypotterwizardsunite.com/events/2019/fanfestival/