Punishment for Pokémon Go Cheaters

Source: Phandroid

It probably comes as no surprise that Pokémon Go has become extremely popular. However, people who are cheating are being banned from playing the game, not just temporarily, but permanently. That means if you were playing, you need to make sure that you can play fair, or else you will not be able to play anymore. That means a lifetime ban.

There are many ways to cheat, some even being posted online. However, following them may not be a good idea. The following offences can result in permanent bans: “falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third-party software.”

Niantic, the maker of the popular game, is cracking down on the cheating, even having sent cease letters to some of the most popular APIs (third-party application programming interfaces) that have been used. People are unclear on exactly how the company is going about finding out about discovering instances of cheating, and apparently, no one has figured out how it is done.

Pokémon Go has quickly become popular. It is a location-based augmented reality game that people can play free of charge on Android and iOS devices. People use the GPS capabilities of these devices to locate Pokémon in the real world, catch them, and then train and battle them. However, a significant part of the benefits offered by the game is the fact that it provides an incentive to walk around and meet different people. The fact that people are cheating defeats the entire purpose in this way.