It’s been a bad week for cheaters, as Niantic has steadily rolled out Pokemon Go bans. Starting with the catch flee ban and now permanent Pokemon Go bans, the software developer has even gone after Pokemon Go bot developers. Niantic recently spoke about the subject of Pokemon Go bans, tweeting out this simple statement below.
Trainers, we’re working hard to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for all: https://t.co/aaYfjvECq0
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) August 19, 2016
Standing firm on their Pokemon Go bans, Niantic is taking a hard stance against the use of third-party applications. What’s more they don’t show much sign of letting up, as shown in this message below.
The message is loud and clear, especially for those who have been getting emails about being banned. Overall it’s a positive sign for gameplay balance, and especially for those trainers who are playing legitimately.
Here’s the message from Niantic below;
Cheating and Pokemon Go Bans
After reviewing many reports of in-game cheating, we have started taking action against players taking unfair advantage of and abusing Pokémon GO. Moving forward, we will continue to terminate accounts that show clear signs of cheating.
Our main priority with Pokémon GO is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate game experience for all players. If our system has determined that you cheated, then you will receive an email stating that your account has been terminated.
If you do believe your account has been terminated incorrectly, you should report it to the Pokémon GO Help Center:
The Pokémon GO Development team
Although this is a positive step in the right direction, there are still several bot programs out there that are allowing people to GPS spoof. Many of these developers are overseas, which creates a natural buffer between them and the legal processes that Niantic has as their disposal.
In fact one such overseas developer recently scoffed at the notion that Niantic could take any action. Whatever the case may be, the problem of cheaters and botters doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
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