John Hanke recently informed gamers that Niantic is
not a fan of sites that track Pokémon for their mobile app, and multiple websites doing just that have been shut down since then. On its own that probably wouldn’t be so bad, but
Pokémon GO also got an update last night that made in-game tracking very difficult, as it removed footprints and the ability to track nearby Pokémon from the game itself. With no easy way to locate specific creatures, now a number of gamers are finding their in-app purchases useless—where before they would have bought items to help track and capture certain Pokémon, without that tracking they’re regretting those microtransaction payments.

As a result, many gamers have started requesting refunds, and it appears that, in many cases, they’re getting them without any fuss. This can be done by submitting a request via the app store on either iTunes or the Google Play Store; the latter’s automated system only grants refunds for purchases made in the last 48 hours, but some users on Reddit are reporting that they’ve still managed to obtain refunds though Google support. The process is handled independently from Niantic, though, and we have yet to hear from them about how they feel about such refunds being granted.

We’ll let you know if Niantic offers a comment on this matter, and we’ll probably see in the coming days how much this has affected
Pokémon GO‘s revenue stream. The app was said to be making nearly $10 million a day before, but this could have a large effect on things if enough players decide that the in-app purchases are no longer worthwhile.

Will you still be paying for items in Pokémon GO? How do you feel about gamers requesting, and receiving, refunds for purchases they’ve already made? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Reddit (via Kotaku)

Our Verdict

Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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