Gaming takes many forms these days, but applying it on top of public spaces allows people to enjoy the great outdoors in a social, active way

Technology has changed gaming for the better, making online experiences more social and physical games more immersive. Now, developers are turning their focus to the world outside, finding out how to activate public spaces with games and play. Outdoor areas can now become sites for games or social experiences that invite visitors to engage in an optional layer of entertainment.

Hubbster
Hubbster offers Hubs, an on-demand play solution that makes a range of outdoor games and recreational equipment accessible 24/7 to that promote social play in urban spaces. Users locate and access the Hubs with an app, which can also be used to send invites to other people to join in a game for a more dynamic social experience.

Adidas
The Adidas Sport Tower is a smart kiosk that lets people rent sports gear in public parks, part of an effort to make cities more sport-centric. Users can book individual equipment, for sports including volleyball, soccer, badminton and a variety of other ball sports, all via a smartphone app.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Tech company Niantic partnered with WB Games San Francisco to launch Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a mobile location-based augmented reality game based on J.K. Rowling’s books that integrates with the real-world and enables players to explore their physical surroundings.

Minecraft
Gaming company Minecraft introduced a mobile gaming app, called Minecraft Earth, that is an augmented reality version of its desktop game. The game challenges challenges players to build structures and neighborhoods, as well as battle players in their real-world surroundings.


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Technology has changed gaming for the better, making online experiences more social and physical games more immersive. Now, developers are turning their focus to the world outside, finding out how to activate public spaces with games and play. Outdoor areas can now become sites for games or social experiences that invite visitors to engage in an optional layer of entertainment.

Hubbster Hubbster offers Hubs, an on-demand play solution that makes a range of outdoor games and recreational equipment accessible 24/7 to that promote social play in urban spaces. Users locate and access the Hubs with an app, which can also be used to send invites to other people to join in a game for a more dynamic social experience.