Fair play and equally great gaming experience are what make multiplayer games perfect. But cheating is a common habit in gaming, and Niantic won’t have it.
If you are not playing by the rules in Pokemon Go, you could get banned. In some cases, the ban is permanent! Niantic has begun banning Pokemon Go players that use third-party apps to connect to their Pokemon Go account.
Are You Using PokeGo++ and iTools?
Players that use the apps PokeGo++ and iTools will be banned. Using the spoofing software is considered cheating, as it is against the terms and conditions of the games. The software lets players set the coordinates and teleport on the map.
The reports from banned players have started to increase, but some Pokemon Go spoofers said that they were not affected by the latest wave of bans and that there are isolated incidents.
Here are a few types of bans, according to the Niantic Pokemon Go website:
Three Strikes and You’re Out
In the beginning, the player will get one strike, which consists of a warning message in the app, informing them about being detected cheating.
The first strike can last up to one week, and then everything will go back to normal. The in-game warning will also come with the following two sanctions:
- You may not be able to encounter rare Pokémon in the wild. These Pokémon may not appear on the map or on the Nearby Pokémon tracker.
- You may be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.
The second strike will consist of having your account suspended for up to 30 days if Niantic discovers you have continued to cheat.
The third strike will be received if the cheating continues after the first two strikes and it will come with a permanent account ban.
However, users can appeal the termination, and Niantic will investigate the account, but considering their systems have a high level of accuracy, not many users could overturn the account termination.
Agnes is a technical writer, being in touch with reports to come up with the latest tech leaks.