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.