Niantic announces crackdowns, bans on Pokémon Go hackers, cheaters

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 05:06
Category: Fun, Hack, iOS, News, Software


Pokémon Go players who are found to be cheating have begun facing both punishment and permanent bans.

Game maker Niantic, the developer behind mobile sensation Pokémon Go, is now issuing permanent bans to players who violate its terms of service. Though TOS violations vary, these bans appear to be directed at cheaters who rely on GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques that allow Pokémon Go to be played beyond the realm of Niantic’s design parameters.

For instance, GPS spoofing lets you trick a smartphone into thinking you’re located in a different country, allowing you to catch pokémon that may be more easily located in that area or restricted to certain regions. Bots, on the other hand, let you automate portions of the game.

Niantic outlined the violations that could result in a permanent ban from the game:

“This includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon Go clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software. Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone. We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimization and fine tuning of our anti-cheat system.”

The company included a link to an appeal form for trying to reverse a ban if it was issued by mistake.

It’s presently unknown as to how Niantic will go about detecting cheating through the use of GPS spoofing, emulators, bots and other hacks.

It appears users have been receiving various levels of bans for quite some time. But this new permanent ban has the community advising its members not to use third-party application programming interface. Many of the makers of the game’s most popular APIs have been sent cease and desist letters from The Pokémon Company over the course of the last two weeks as well. So it appears the company is increasing its efforts to crackdown on the kind of Pokémon Go playing it deems unsavory.

So, head on out there, catch what you can, but remember to play fair…

Via The Verge and Niantic

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