'Pokmon GO' news: permanent ban for cheating players


The happy and easy days of cheaters in “Pokmon GO” are over, as game developer Niantic Labs recently started to roll out permanent bans on accounts that have been exploiting the game by using third party applications to gain an unfair advantage over other players.

Ever seen an ordinary local player suddenly having a region exclusive Pokmon at full power in “Pokmon GO?” Or maybe a player who suddenly managed to catch almost all (if not all) Pokmon seemingly without any effort at all? Or perhaps witnessed someone who sells to provide a specific Pokmon to players in their accounts? More likely than not, these are cheaters in the game and Niantic has finally taken steps in purging the players who have managed to gain an unfair edge in the game.

In the developer’s post on the official “Pokmon GO” website, they said that permanent bans would soon roll out and a big wave of cheating players have already been banned recently for those who are using game bots, cheats, and any other forms of application, modification, or third party software that aims to give the user unfair advantage over others in the game.

Things that would get a player banned include, but is not limited to: “falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokmon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software.”

Niantic is apparently serious in dealing with the issues of cheating in the game, pointing out that the purging of the cheaters would be one of their constant efforts in improving and maintaining the game for the players and fans to enjoy.

“Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone,” the developer said. “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.”