Some botters and spoofers may have been getting away with it until now, but Niantic is cracking down.
It can be tempting to use Pokémon Go cheats to get ahead in the game. However, cheating comes with a high risk. The developer behind the augmented reality game – Niantic – issued a warning to cheaters.
Cheating while playing Pokémon Go could cause a player to be banned from the game for life.
Pokémon Go cheats have become increasingly commonplace. Honest players are meant to walk around to catch Pokémon. They can also fight their monsters against those of other players at Gyms. However, some players have been finding ways to avoid all the walking to catch more Pokémon. Many have been successful in cheating. That said, Niantic is aiming to bring that to an end. It is not trying to gradually phase out the cheating. It is trying to slam the door on it.
Players around the globe have been using Pokémon Go cheats in the form of GPS hacks and bots.
This way, they have been able to move ahead in the game. The cheats trick the mobile devices into thinking they are in a different place. Players can remain in their homes while tricking the mobile game app into thinking they are walking around. This allows those cheating players to increase their levels far beyond players who are required to run around their cities to find and catch more Pokémon.
The rash of cheating has caused a considerable uproar among players. Those who have been playing honestly simply can’t compete against those armed with hacks, spoofs and bots. Niantic’s official website now states that violators of the Terms and Services will be penalized. Among the penalties is a permanent ban from the game.
Therefore, if anyone is caught using a location falsifier of any kind, a bot, or even a third-party mobile app that tracks down Pokémon, the result could be a life-long ban from the game.
The developers at Niantic have also reached out to the player community. They have asked for assistance in putting Pokémon Go cheats to an end. The goal is to have players assist in tracking down cheaters around the world. A form is available to anyone who wants to report someone they believe is cheating in order to move ahead in the game.
About Julie Campbell: With a solid background in writing and translation Julie has built her career on digging up fascinating and hard-hitting news stories. For over a decade, she has focused on the impact of technology on the world of commerce and has taken a specific interest in emerging mobile channels.
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