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I have no clue if they should be accepted or not. Is there any clarification somewhere?
It sounds like a temporary display
I can't think of any criteria that they would fit.
I'm visualizing a glass vending machine with stuffed animals in attempt to rip off the unsuspecting parents in hopes for an exciting reward for the kids or quickly dash their hopes. These can be inside grocery stores, arcades, and other private businesses.
I would treat this similar with sodas, snacks, cigarettes, and video rental machines and coin operated vending machines are still a generic for-profit mini-business.
Therefore, it's slam-dunk as a 1* "generic business".
Honest question: how is it different than other coin-operated play machines, the ones Niantic deemed eligible?
Those machines were psychical rides. A crane game, on the other hand, is an arcade machine.
I'd reject them as being mass produced.
You're gonna run out of disagreements at this pace 😂
I am not saying these are eligible, as I don't think they are, but it greatly worries me seeing the rejection reasons some people state here.
Temporary display? Generic business? Mass produced object? Seriously? No wonder there are so many invalid rejections.
I think that is an easy 1* meets no criteria. The other things mentioned about it are also true, IMO, but the no-criteria rejection is strongest.
How is it temporary? With the information we have here, is there any indication it will be removed soon?
How is a single coin operated crane game a business on it's own? Is a vending machine a business on it's own too? (Disclaimer, I am not suggesting vending machines are eligible.)
How is it a mass produced object? We haven't seen an image of it, but I highly doubt anyone here has ever seen an identical one to the one discussed here in their life, let alone 2 or 3. And since it provides some entertainment, it would have some cultural significance as well, invalidating the mass-produced objects reason.
I see the reasoning behind the question. I don't really see much of a difference between these and the coin operated rides, honestly. But Niantic specifically said coin operated rides (in some instances) were allowed but didn't mention coin operated games, unless there were a bunch together and could be considered an arcade.
Only coin-operated play areas are eligible because they fall under the playground critiera. This does not apply to individual coin-operated rides or to other coin-operated machines, such as vending machines, games, etc. If you need to make a "six degrees of separation" style argument to justify something as eligible, then that should be taken as a strong indication that it was never eligible to begin with.
October 2019 AMA Clarifications:
Do coin-operated machine play areas in front of stores and in malls make acceptable portal candidates? This is similar to the restaurants' play area question - if this is a publicly accessible play area in the mall, yes. If it's part of a commercial business, no.