Niantic has announced news that many trainers have been waiting for, with the imminent removal of players that have cheated in any way including the use of spoofers and bots.
Niantic posted a statement on their site which said;
“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”.
Trainers that are being banned are receiving the following message;
“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.”
This news couldn’t come sooner, with social media and forum posts full of complaints about cheating players. A lot of this frustration has been coming from cheaters taking gyms without physically being at the gym they take, this is something known as GPS spoofing or as Pokemon players call it, gym spoofing. Many players have reported heading over to take a gym, only to find no other trainers in the area, yet the prestige is constantly rising and the gym being constantly populated with 3000+ CP Pokemon. Even if normal players group together to remove the Pokemon inside, they often find the removed Pokemon just get replaced straight away by the cheaters.
Players stood very little chance in taking a gym when cheaters have an army of high-level Pokemon at their disposal. Redditor farrellykw linked to the image above of a man who claims he reached level 35 in a week using bots and spoofs. Here you can see the Pokemon he is obtained and how it would be extremely hard and unfair for the average person to have to attempt to take gym’s out with his Pokemon inside.
Having seen countless posts with people bragging about their ability to spoof gyms and own armies of high-level Pokemon this is really great news from Niantic. They’ve improved over the last couple of weeks, and permanently banning all trainers that have cheated is very much welcome. Faith in Niantic will hopefully begin to be restored, and the developers can focus on bringing new content to the game.
Considering the amount of bans likely to be given out, there is a chance of some false positives. So be sure to appeal here if you feel your account was terminated in error.