Niantic out to catch Pokemon Go hackers, issues a permanent ban


GPS spoofing that allows players to catch more Pokemon in another country has reached Niantic, maker and developer of Pokemon Go and is now issuing “permanent bans” to whoever violates its terms and services.

The ban is said to direct at “cheaters” who use GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques.

The said strategies allow Pokemon Go trainers to play “beyond the realm of Niantic’s design parameters.”

GPS spoofing helps players to catch Pokemon in another location, a different country, for instance, which may be more easily located or restricted in certain places.

Niantic released a note which aims to warn game hackers regarding the issue.

“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.”

The makers are firm in providing a “fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone.”

This incident made the community advise its members to avoid third-party application programming interfaces (APIs) to prevent further application bans.

Niantic, however, has yet to detect players using bots, GPS spooking, and game emulators.


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