On Monday, the company announced it will lift up a few mistake bans issued last week.
Last week we saw the Pokémon Go game developer Niantic ban some accounts. It seems Niantic is lifting the ban from a few of the accounts. The verdict being some of these accounts was ‘mistakenly’ banned.
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But keep in mind the rest who used third party apps trying to make the game more fun will remain banned. According to the Niantic CEO John Hanke, the bans were put in place after players were using tools which broke the company’s terms of service.
For instance whoever used third-party mapping tools like the now defunct PokéVision, were banned from Pokémon Go, as they showed players where Pokémon could be found.
At first Niantic started cutting off access to such tools. But later the company decided to simply ban users who were using such tools. The bans started a mere two weeks ago.
However the said use of tools created confusion when they started collecting information on all users. The info was then diverted to the Niantic servers.
Therefore Niantic banned all account with affiliation to the tools but some users who were not actively using them were left surprised as to their account ban.
According to Niantic a small group of accounts were misleadingly banned and they will be reactivated. But the account which violated their terms of service will still remain banned.
As we speak Niantic is going through all the accounts which were banned to reinstate some. But even these users need to understand if they keep on using Add-on maps which generate data from the Niantic server will be banned again. The main priority at Pokémon Go right now is to provide users with a fun and fair experience.