The crackdown on unauthorized apps of Pokemon Go continues.
The Pokemon Company and Niantic have begun to move against unauthorized apps of Pokemon Go yesterday. As reported a developer of a popular Pokemon GO API got a cease and desist letter from lawyers of the Pokemon Company. These reverse engineered Pokemon GO APIs are the enabling layer for real-time Pokemon trackers and Pokemon Go bots.
The crackdown is also affecting popular Pokemon Go trackers. Pokevision is offline. The Pokevision team said on Twitter: "Hey guys. We wish we had some news for you At this moment, we are respecting Niantic and Nintendo's wishes. Will keep you guys posted."
Pokevision is not the only Pokemon Go "3rd party" app that got hit by lawyer letters.
Trainers are now getting hectic about finding alternative real-time Pokemon tracker to Pokevision. This will be short lived. There might be some trackers surviving or popping up that do not care about lawyer letter as they are located in obscure countries. The legal steps by the Pokemon Go makers is making it much harder to run such services.
One Pokemon tracker that still works might have a chance to survive. PokeRadar is based on reports from the community about the whereabouts of Pokemon. It is not connecting to the Pokemon Go servers.
Developers will shy away to work on Pokemon GO APIs in the open. Github Pokemon GO projects will be abandoned as everyone can access them. Niantic and other Pokemon Go stake holders made it clear that they do not want unofficial apps and services using their servers and intellectual properties.
The clean solution would be an official API for Pokemon Go. In the meantime Niantic is not able to offer a working Pokemon tracker. The latest updated removed the foot prints, basically removing Nearby tracking.
The move against unofficial Pokemon Go maps and trackers could be a sign that Niantic is going to offer their own working version soon. More Pokemon Go news.