Google has apologized for making Nazi Concentration Camps a part of Ingress, a role playing game from Google owned start-up Niantic Labs.
Ingress is an AR MMO RPG released for Android smartphones, players submit a location of historic value and once the location is approved, they battle over its control. Just recently it came to light that Ingress now allows players to compete over Nazi Concentration Camps in Germany and Poland.
In an interview, Niantic Labs told German newspaper Die Zeit, that these locations were added to the game due to their “significant historical value.”
Many felt appalled by this and demanded Niantic Labs to remove these locations (known as portals in the game). Developer John Hanke released a statement later on, to apologize and announce their removal.
After we were made aware that a number of historical markers on the grounds of former concentration camps in Germany had been added, we determined that they did not meet the spirit of our guidelines and began the process of removing them in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. We apologize that this happened.
While the locations have been removed, Google is yet to explain how they got approved in the first place. We’ll let you know as soon as Google shares a statement.
Ingress is still available to download in different regions and those interested to give in a try can head to the PlayStore.