Niantic has begun permanently banning Pokémon GO players who are suspected of cheating. The move comes after some players turned to using third-party tweaks and hacks to gain an unfair advantage inside the game.
Since Pokémon GO became the hottest game on mobile, dozens of tweaks has surfaced that allow players to get a step ahead. We’ve already covered the best ones available for jailbroken iOS devices, but it might be best to avoid them.
Although these hacks can help you find Pokémon without actually moving around, and help you defeat other players, using them can now get you banned. Niantic has begun permanently terminating some accounts for violating the game’s terms of service.
“This includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software,” explains a support article on the official Pokémon GO website.
“Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone. 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.”
Players can appeal their ban if they feel like it was terminated incorrectly, but it’s unlikely the appeal will be successful for those who have actually cheated.
Have you had to play against cheaters in Pokémon GO yet, or have you had your account banned as a result of using third-party hacks? Let us know down in the comments!