Niantic started to increased their efforts to ban Pokemon Go players that use bots and other 3rd party tools to cheat.
The number of Pokemon Go bot users is in the millions. Niantic has watched for far too long developers creating sophisticated tools that automate the Pokemon Go game play and get accounts to level 20 within hours. Not only are bots automate gameplay, they also spoof GPS and mathematically optimize IV levels for a perfect Pokedex.
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A popular Pokemon Go bot team that got shut down yesterday by Niantic's lawyers said that they had 500,000 downloads per day. The use of bots in Pokemon Go is epidemic.
On Friday Niantic started to finally bring down the hammer on cheaters and started to issue permanent bans. Bot users continue to find out that their account has been banned, but it appears not to be a massive crank down. Some bot users say that they are still able to run their bots. It looks like that Niantic has not yet a scalable tool to detect and ban bot users.
One thing Niantic is finding especially suspicious are accounts that hold down a Gym. A level 30 account at a gym is obviously looking suspicious. Bot users should think twice to hold down a gym now. Niantic is on a mission now and will develop more sophisticated method to permanently ban Pokemon Go users that use 3rd party tools.
The bans Niantic is issuing differ apparently between Gmail accounts and Pokemon Trainer Club accounts. Gmail accounts are just useable anymore, while PTC accounts get cleaned out and users see an empty Pokedex and need to start from scratch.
While the focus of Niantic is on bot users and GPS spoofers, permanent bans could also be triggered by the use of real-time Pokemon Go maps and trackers at some point. Niantic offers to issue an appeal in case you feel your account has been permantely banned in error.
The Pokemon Go app will soon get an improved inside Pokemon finder. Some users are already able to test the new feature. Niantic has not yet set a date when the nearby feature will be rolled out to all trainers.
Pokemon Go dropped to 3rd in the top free apps on iTunes, but is still the reigning king in the grossing apps. A new survey of 50,000 Pokemon Go users concludes that Pokemon Go generated over $268 million in revenue in the first 5 weeks of its release. This huge number is just from users in the United States, UK and Germany says the Financial Times. Pokemon Go will soon be a Billion Dollar app considering the world-wide roll-out reaching about 80 countries by now. A market research company puts the value of Niantic already at $10 billion.
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