Niantic introduces permanent account ban for ‘Pokemon Go’ cheaters

Pokemon Go cheaters to now be permanently banned by Niantic

Niantic, the developer behind widely popular mobile sensation Pokemon Go, is now resorting to drastic measures such as permanent account ban, if you are caught violating the terms of its service. A permanent ban means that you lose your account and all the work or cheating you put into it.

This move made by Niantic comes after a lot of people starting cheating the system and using various hacks to collect all the available Pokemon. Previously, Niantic has issued a temporary ban to those cheaters who were using GPS spoofing applications, which did not allow them to use Pokemon GO for at least a few hours. However, the ban this time is stricter, if you are caught using anything other than the game itself to catch various Pokemon.

“Your account was permanently terminated for violations of the Pokémon GO Terms of Service,” Niantic wrote in the game’s FAQ section. “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 developer continued, “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.”

It is still not clear how Niantic is going about detecting the use of GPS spoofing, emulators, and other hacks. For the last two weeks, Niantic has been sending legal letters to stop the proliferation of cheating software and increasing the security of the Pokemon Go server communication. All these efforts indicate one thing that the developer is trying to close any loopholes and is focussed on hitting the perma-ban hammer on anyone who tries to cheat. Niantic not only plans to continue enhancing both the quality of gameplay but also the anti-cheat system.

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