Niantic Penalise Pokémon GO Players That Use Third-Party Services


Now that Niantic has released their “biggest” update to Pokémon GO, the developer is looking to make sure that the globally popular location-based game remains “a fun and fair experience for all Trainers.”

That has seen them look to penalise those that are using third-party services to cheat within the game, and will see Pokémon caught with such assistance not only marked with a slash on the inventory screen but will also misbehave.

“With the announcement of Raid Battles and the new battle features, we are staying true on our commitment to ensuring that Pokémon GO continues to be a fun and fair experience for all Trainers,” Niantic wrote on Reddit.

“Starting today, Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected.

“We are humbled by the excitement for all the new features we announced yesterday.This is one small part of our continued commitment to maintaining the integrity of our community and delivering an amazing Pokémon GO experience.”

Niantic’s anti-cheat policy targets those that falsify their location, use emulators, modified or unofficial software or access Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorised manner.

Alex Seedhouse
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