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Niantic introduces lifetime bans for cheaters on Pokemon Go

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Pokemon Go has been steadily gaining popularity. In fact, it made history by becoming the fastest growing app on Android just a week ago. But it goes with games, with great popularity comes great cheating. To counter this, the developer of the game is now taking many steps, one of which is lifetime bans.

For a while now, Niantic has become aggressive about cheating on its gem of a game. For instance, the developer took down a number of third-party tracking services that would help locate Pokemon in the wild. While many users were upset about this, Niantic said that this was needed to be done because the fun of the game was locating and catching the beasts via the built-in locator.

Yet another example is that Niantic took down “farming” services, that allow players to automate gameplay, like collecting items, catching Pokemon and hatching eggs.

With all this, the company is now scaring players with the lifetime ban noose. So, if you are caught cheating on Pokemon Go, you will be directed to a new warning page. This page will point toward the fact that your current profile will be banned for life.

As of now, we don’t know how the company is tracking cheaters. But in case you believe you were a false positive, you can appeal to the company via this form. Here’s what you’ll see in case your account ever gets banned:

Your account was permanently terminated for violations of the Pokemon GO Terms of Service. This includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokemon 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. If you believe your account has been terminated in error incorrectly, you can appeal that termination through this form.  For privacy reasons, please do not post appeals on social media.


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