‘Ingress’ Players Come to St. Louis for Competition

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you’re in downtown St. Louis this weekend for one of several events that are going on, you might also notice groups of people walking or biking around holding their cell phones out in front of them.

While it might look like they’re playing “Pokemon Go” – those taking part in this weekend’s augmented reality competition will actually be playing its predecessor, “Ingress.”

Local player and event organizer Brent Johnson says up to a thousand players from across the country will descend on St. Louis.

“Some people like to run up their statistics and keep track of how many different places they’ve been or how many miles they’ve walked,” Johnson says. “For others people, it’s social aspect. There’s only so far you can get in the game by yourself.”

Johnson points out there’s little love lost between “ingress” enthusiasts and “Pokemon Go” players, who he says tend to stomp around the “Ingress” maps and alienate the public.

“It’s very similar in design to Pokemon Go that a lot people know about and it’s made by the same people – it’s actually a little bit older,” Johnson says. “It has a very different style of game play. It’s more social and it focuses more on teams and cooperation between players.”

He adds that he started playing shortly after the location-based cell phone game was introduced about three years ago.

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