Pokemon Go Maker Is Silent Again

Posted: Aug 17 2016, 7:22am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Pokemon Go Maker is Silent Again
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Niantic has not said a word since over a week, but there would be lots to talk about.

Pokemon Go developer Niantic was notoriously silent when the game launched and all hell broke lose because of its unpredicted popularity. About two weeks ago the company started to reach out and communicate with its 100 million plus trainers around the world. Now that communication has broken off again. The last updates date back to August 8, when the Pokemon Go app updates 1.3.0 (iOS) and 0.33.0 (Android) got released.

There are though some big topics that would need clarification, like banning. Niantic only indirectly informed the community about the permanent banning policy that is enforced more rigorously since last week. The publication of a support page detailing how to submit a ban appeal is all trainers go. While the support page reveals some details on what can get trainers banned, including falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon Go through 3rd party software.

What is missing is context. Based on what we saw on download statistics from bot developers, botting is done by millions of trainers. How does Niantic plan to combat the use of bots? Another issue are the user reported bans. According to reports, legit accounts are banned just because a number of users reported the account to Niantic.

Trainers also would like to know when the new in-app tracking is going to be rolled out to all users. Niantic has been testing the new nearby feature in select areas since the last release.

Niantic communicates via this update page, on Facebook, on Twitter and sometimes there is a nugget on the John Hanke's Twitter account. The last post on Niantic's Twitter and Facebook is a survey, asking trainers what their starter Pokemon Go was. If Niantic would not know that...

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