Niantic, the developer behind the popular mobile game Pokémon GO, has brought in a new measure to deal with cheating players. Anyone who is detected using third-party software to gain an advantage in the game will find that rarer Pokémon have been hidden from them in the game.
In effect, this is a sort of “shadowban” for those players that are using third-party apps to learn where certain Pokémon can be found, for example. Any account that is suspected of such activity will now receive a warning like the one below, which encourages them to change their password and stop using these extra services.
Here is what Niantic had to say on the subject:
“Niantic is committed to maintaining the state of Pokémon GO and our community of Trainers. People who violate the Pokémon GO Terms of Service (including by using third party software and other cheats) may have their gameplay affected and may not be able to see all the Pokémon around them. While we cannot discuss the systems implemented, we can confirm that we are constantly refining new ways to ensure the integrity of the game in order to keep it fun and fair for all players.” — Niantic
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