Some Pokémon Go players given lifetime bans are being let back into the game
Did you get banned from playing Pokémon Go after downloading an app that you thought might make the game more fun? Well, it turns out that you might be able to get back into the smash hit title after all.
A couple of weeks ago, Pokémon Go-maker Niantic Labs vowed to crack down on cheaters with “lifetime” bans for those who used third-party “add-on” apps to get ahead of the rest of us. Now, however, it has backtracked a little and said it will overturn the bans for “a small subset” of users who may have unwittingly broken the rules.
Niantic said in an update this week that some users who downloaded unauthorized apps, such as location spoofers or others that scrape data, “may not have realized that some add-on map apps do more than just show you nearby Pokémon.” Though they are giving these gamers the benefit of the doubt, particular since the “nearby” tracker was removed from the game for a while, they will be banned if they resort to using any third-party apps in the future.
This application of leniency is indeed limited. The add-on apps themselves are not being unbanned because, Niantic said, they place considerable load on the already stressed Pokémon Go servers — and then there’s the fact that they give an unfair advantage to those who downloaded them.
“Our main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players, so, aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in these kinds of activities,” Ninatic said in a statement.
There you go: you have been warned… once again!
Here’s the update in full, for those who are curious:
Bonus: Niantic CEO John Hanke will speak at our upcoming Disrupt event in San Francisco next month — more details here.