The Pokemon Go tracker FastPokeMap sits in between several Pokemon scanners. Some of them do not work anymore now.
The most popular Pokemon Go tracker FastPokeMap as just killed access for all 3rd party Pokemon scanners. Among the Pokemon scanners that do not work anymore are Pokewhere, ScanGo, Poke Detector.
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Update 10/5: Now Niantic is the one that has enabled blocking of 3rd party apps with the pending release of the Captcha based new encryption.
The developer behind FastPokeMaps started to block scrapers of his service last week. Now he enforced a complete block of all 3rd party apps that use the FastPokeMap data. This move has dropped the load from 70,000 requests per second to just 10,000 requests. Apparently FPM is very popular with 3rd party apps.
FastPokeMap will provide access to their service via an API that has a limit of up to 6 calls per minute. This is very low and I assume that is the free access. 3rd parties who want more will likely have to pay for it. There will be an API documentation soon according to the latest Tweet on the FastPokemon Twitter account.
FastPokeMap developer, known as whitelist_ip on reddit, is not running the service to make money. The cost of running the service is in the thousands of Dollars each day because of the huge traffic. FastPokeMap services up to 6 million users per day. The service is supported by trainer donations and ads.
If your Pokemon Go tracker app is not working today, then the app you were using was using FastPokeMap. The developer tweeted that he is working out a deal with Pokewhere, ScanGo, Poke Detector to use is service again.
Update: Pokewhere is apparently reached a deal with FPM. The scanning is supposed to work again midnight GMT, October 4. Update 2: PokeWhere has missed the midnight launch as they ran into development problems. There is one critical piece in the scanning backend missing. Right now they are not giving any time frame for the launch.
FastPokemap implementing security measures to block out 3rd party apps just shows how far the unofficial eco system around Pokemon Go has grown. A big number of 3rd party tool is not even connecting directly to Niantic servers anymore. They grab the information from other scanners and repurpose them inside their apps.
The missing encryption the early days of Pokemon Go made this all possible. Niantic as a new security update of its own waiting in the wings. The new encryption is going to block all 3rd party apps including FastPokeMap once it is deployed. It remains to be seen how long it will block bots and trackers.
Pokemon Go has surged to over 500 million downloads in just weeks. Now the hype around the game has slowed down, but there are still millions of fans playing the game around the world. Niantic has rolled out to 11 new countries last week. This week could be another update coming to the Pokemon Go app bringing new features. Niantic is overdue releasing the in-app Pokemon tracker.
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