Cheating allegations have marred the Pokemon GO world since the discovery of GPS spoofing. This has prompted the gym lords of Pokemon GO, Niantic, to issue a notice to all players attempting to cheat their way to becoming the greatest trainer of them all. So Pokemon GO cheaters be warned! Should you dare to hack your way into glory, then suffer the consequence of being stuck playing Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, Crystal, but never ever Pokemon GO (ever ever again).
Niantic did not specify any specific cheats, but according to website the Verge, any violation of the game’s terms of service (TOS) would constitute as a cheat and will lead to the player’s eventual perpetual ban. One of the more common violations, called GPS spoofing, sees gamers manipulating the global positioning system (GPS) of their phone and modifying the location to access what were inaccessible Pokemon-a sort of teleportation device for cheaters.
Other cheats also include the use of emulators, using modified or unofficial software, accessing Pokemon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner, and the use of third party software. Lately, Niantic also updated their app to counter the consistent sprouting of third-party Pokemon tracking apps online. Despite their efforts, though, some gamers are just a step ahead and find other ways to cheat the game.
But all in all, Niantic assures that they are implementing these measures, all for the sake of good-old fashioned Pokemon hunting fun.
“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.” said Niantic in their website.
And to try and be fair with gamers who “accidentally” cheat, they will even allow players to appeal. Just as long as they submit this form.
So Pokemon GO cheaters be warned, even if you want to catch ‘em all (like the rest of the world), would you risk a “fair, fun and legitimate game experience” just to get banned forever?
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