You got to set priorities in life. A team behind a Pokemon Go bot chooses to attend Burning Man 2016 over continue to run their Pokemon Go bot development project.
Niantic has introduced a new security feature involving Captcha that is supposed to end of Pokemon Go bots and trackers. The feature was rolled out with the latest updates of the Pokemon Go app earlier this week. So far Niantic has not activated the Captcha and all Pokemon bots and trackers are still up and running.
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One popular Pokemon Go bot has shut down now, but not because of Niantic's new server security features. The team behind the recently launched Insta-PokeGo bot has announced to shut down the bot project after 400,000 Pokemon Go players used their bot to automate the Pokemon Go game.
Insta-PokeGo was launched August 17 and offered the most simple to use Pokemon Go bot. Trainers just launched a bot with one click in a web browser. This fast rising bot was used by people in over 170 countries. In many of these, Pokemon Go has not even launched yet.
The reason for the decision to shut down is awesome. It shows that life still goes on outside of the Pokemon Go phenomenon. The team of Insta-PokeGo will be at the Burning Man 2016 festival for the next two weeks. That's right. Rather than automating Pokemon Go, these developer go to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada and co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community.
Dima Ryazanov, one of the Insta-PokeGo bot developers, said in a blog post on Medium: "We just realized that Insta-PokeGo was basically like Burning Man. Get a team together, spend thousands of hours building something beautiful, and then burn it to the ground after a week."
The statistics the Insta-PokeGo makers posted, show again how epidemic bot use is in Pokemon Go. The 400,000 Insta-PokeGo based bots collected 3.8 million Pokemon, gathered 36 million items from PokeStops and gained 2.1 Billion XP. The latter can get 10,000 accounts from level 0 to level 20.
Using any 3rd party Pokemon Go software can get your account permanently banned, but that does not stop Pokemon Go trainers to use bots as they just use lots of accounts. The number of new gmail accounts must have spiked quite a bit since the release of Pokemon Go in early July.
Niantic has increased the frequency of permanently banning accounts, but it seems the number of bans is still low.
When the "Minor Bot fixes" go into affect is not clear. It is also not clear if Niantic is going to keep the upper hand with the new Captcha security or if developers find again a fix to keep their bots and trackers running.
I could imagine that Niantic is waiting to unleash the captcha until they roll out the nearby Pokemon tracker to all users. Finding Pokemon is the most important feature for trainers. If there are no Pokemon trackers available, many trainers would leave the game. The daily Pokemon Go use is already down by millions.
As long as Niantic is not rolling out the Pokemon tracker feature in the app to all trainers, here is a list of available Pokemon Go maps, trackers and notifiers that trainers still are tempted to use. Again. Using any of the listed Pokemon Go tools, can get your account banned.
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About Burning Man 2016:
Burning Man 2016 takes place August 28 to September 5, 2016 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Participants join in the effort to co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community. The Burning Man Festival is legendary. It’s a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience.