Press Releases 2019

SoftBank Corp.'s Stores in Japan to be Special Spots in
Smartphone App ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’

SoftBank partnering with Niantic as first official partner in Japan

July 2, 2019
SoftBank Corp.

SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) today announced a partnership agreement with Niantic, Inc. (“Niantic”) on ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,’ a smartphone game app that utilizes location-based information and AR technology. The partnership will explore and consider in-app prizes and other benefits exclusive to ‘SoftBank’ and ‘Y!mobile’ users, and other collaborative campaigns and services. SoftBank is the first official partner of ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ in Japan.

‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’

Co-developed and co-published by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, Inc. under the Portkey Games label, ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ combines content and characters people know and love from both the original Harry Potter series and the Fantastic Beasts films in a unique ‘Wizarding World’ experience. In the app, many historic sites and famous monuments show up either as ‘Inns,’ where players find energy to recover his/her magical power, or ‘Fortresses,’ where players cooperate with others to challenge battles . With this partnership, approximately 3,300 ‘SoftBank’ and ‘Y!mobile’ branded stores across the country will become either ‘Inns’ or ‘Fortresses’ in the game app, starting July 2, 2019.

‘Niantic Player Guideline’ specify rules to be followed when playing ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.’ SoftBank and Niantic jointly remind players that they should be aware of their surroundings, obey the law, and play safely.

SoftBank's website for ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ (Japanese)

For more information of ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’, please see the website below.

  • HARRY POTTER: WIZARDS UNITE software © 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Co-Developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, Inc. WIZARDING WORLD, HARRY POTTER and FANTASTIC BEASTS Publishing Rights © J.K. Rowling. PORTKEY GAMES, HARRY POTTER: WIZARDS UNITE, WIZARDING WORLD, HARRY POTTER and FANTASTIC BEASTS characters, names and related indicia © and ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © Niantic, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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