Niantic has promised to ban any player who cheats while playing record-breaking Pokémon GO. It means cheating days and cutting corners are gone, and it is time to be fair and play by the rules. Niantic Labs started rolling out permanent bans on accounts that have been exploiting the game by using third-party apps to access or gain unfair edge over other players.
About time Niantic did something about how some players seemingly manage to catch virtually or even all Pokémon GO. These players use third party apps to cheat on rival players and gain unfair advantage. It seems Niantic has had enough of this and wants to bring normalcy as well as protect legitimate players.
In a statement on the developer’s blog, Niantic said a permanent ban will now be placed on players who don’t stick by the rules. It said the ban would soon roll out—and as a matter of fact, some players have already had their accounts banned. Players using gaming bots, cheats, and any form of apps, modification, or third party software with clear intention of cheating or gaining unfair edge over other players, are among those to be banned or have been banned already, reports Vine Report.
“Your account was permanently terminated for violations of the Pokémon GO Terms of Service. 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.”
Niantic wants to maintain the credibility of the game, and one of the ways it could do this is to rid it of cheats. All the company wants is a situation where every player enjoys a level playing field—if banning players helps it to achieve that, then so be it.
“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 said in a statement on its official blog.
Niantic is also making it easy for anyone whose account has been unfairly banned. If you have any reason to believe that your account has been unfairly banned by the company, you can appeal your “termination by filling a form on this page.
It remains to be seen how Niantic plans to catch players who cheat while playing Pokémon GO; but it is advisable to play safe and avoid cheating or violating the company’s policies.
Perhaps, one of the ways to catch cheats and provide every player with a level playing field is to provide regular updates. A couple of days back, Niantic updated the game’s tracking feature which will also show players where Pokémon GO have recently been seen nearby—this might be of great help to the company in the long run.
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