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Niantic Issues Permanent Bans on Pokémon GO Bot Users

Bot users on Pokémon GO are violating the terms of service.

Niantic has had a busy summer this year, with launching one of the most successful mobile games of all time, Pokémon GOThe game requires players to go out and move around in the real world in order to collect Pokémon. Some players, however, have found ways to use bots to increase their level and amount of Pokémon, essentially having them play the game. Starting now, that all changes.

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These cheating players use third party software that alters the GPS coordinates of the phone, effectively allowing the player to collect Pokémon faster than other players. But from a new FAQ section added onto Niantic's website, this is now under violation of the Terms of Service agreement, which states third party software isn't allowed in conjunction with the game.

As a result players caught cheating will be receiving permanent bans on the game. "Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone," states Niantic on its website. "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." Niantic also states that if you feel unjustly accused of cheating, you can make your case here.

Published Aug. 14th 2016

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