Pokemon Go maker Niantic shared the reasons why the company had to shutdown 3rd party Pokemon Go trackers now.
Niantic changed the Pokemon Go server and app communication yesterday, blocking 3rd party trackers and bots from accessing data on the Pokemon Go servers. As reported, the 3rd party Pokemon Go API developer bonded on reddit to find a work around. The main issue is a kind of digital key that Niantic added to the communication between the Pokemon Go App and the Pokemon Go servers.
Developers are trying to find out how this key dubbed "unknown6" is generated to get their Pokemon Go maps and bots back to work. A popular Pokemon Go API developer named Mila432 from Russia already cracked the code yesterday, but he is not sharing his finding as he has been served early on with a Cease and Desist letter. As more time passes, and no other developer is able to fix the Pokemon Go API, shows how deeply Mila432 aka Vasily from Penza in Russia knowns the Pokemon Go infrastructure. I said that in my previous post, Niantic needs to hire this guy.
The current status is that the developers have still not completed a fix. They are getting close though. Niantic has now provided details and a diagram explaining why they had to shutdown the 3rd party access to the Pokemon Go servers now.
The resources 3rd party trackers used have prevented the company to launch in Latin America. Olympians can now enjoy Pokemon Go in Rio, thanks the the measures taken yesterday.
The diagram above shows the step drop in spatial queries at 1pm PT on August 3rd, when the Niantic activated the "unknown6" encryption. The diagram shows that queries dropped by about two thirds. This is a lot.
Going forward, Niantic makes it clear in their update that they will not allow unauthorized 3rd party access to the Pokemon Go servers not just because of resources. Niantic wants to stop people from scraping Pokemon Go data for bots and cheating software to protect the game play. They also want to prevent that hackers develop sophisticated tools to steal user data or bring down the system.
Niantic knowns that a certain group of coders will never stop from trying for different reasons. "We don’t expect these attempts to stop. But we do want you to understand why we have taken the steps we have and why we will continue to take steps to maintain the stability and integrity of the game."
The problem with the shutdown of the popular third party Pokemon Go trackers is that now there are no tools for trainers to find Pokemon nearby. There are only the community sourced trackers left like Pokeradar.
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