Niantic angered a big part of its user base and no solution in sight.
Bad timing brought Pokemon Go maker Niantic into a bad place with its millions of players aka trainers. The shutdown of real-time Pokemon trackers such as the popular Pokevision service and the complete removal of the nearby feature in the Pokemon Go app left trainers without any means to find Pokemon they still need.
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Yang Liu, one of the Pokevision founders, published an open letter to plea with Niantic to allow Pokevision to go online again. This real-time Pokemon tracker had 50 million unique users and 11 million daily users. These are incredibly high numbers. More than half of Pokemon Go trainers have used Pokevision.
Pokevision has tons of competitors, but they managed to dominated that segment of Pokemon Go tools. There are still working real-time Pokemon trackers online. Developers continue to release new ones until Niantic spots them and sends the lawyers.
The rating on the Pokemon Go app have dropped in the app stores dramatically as trainers are not happy with the situation. Niantic should have readied an alternative to Pokevision before shutting them down.
Niantic explanation about why they removed the 3-step notification and shutting down Pokevision and others has not satisfied the Pokemon Go community. Niantic has not explained how they will offer tracking Pokemon and when inside the Pokemon Go app.
Reddit is full with negative comments and memes making fun of the situation. There are also other little changes in the game that make it harder to catch Pokemon, which have not been welcomed by the community.
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The growth of Pokemon Go has slowed down a bit as the app is now ranking only third in Free Apps. It still maintains the top grossing app lead. This will not change as the user base is somewhere estimated to be around 100 million. According to App Annie, the Pokemon Go app makes $10 million per day. The only way that changes if Niantic manages to turn away trainers from the game with wrong decisions. More Pokemon Go news.