Social media lights up today with reports of Pokemon Go accounts getting banned. Mostly Pokemon Go Bot users affected.
Niantic has increased the number of permanent bans today, September 30. Multiple Pokemon Go players reported in the last couple of hours that their Pokemon Go Bot accounts have been permanently banned.
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So far it appears that Niantic is only targeting botters. Earlier we mentioned in a report about FastPokeMap blocking scrapers, that the open source Pokemon tracker OpenPokeMap as stopped its scraping accounts because they detected a ban wave.
Niantic declared war on bot users several weeks ago with a more aggressive banning policy. The problem of bot users automizing Pokemon Go and have multiple accounts level up in hours has not gone away. We estimate that several million Pokemon Go players are using bots. The new ban wave might be an indicator that Niantic is about to unleash the new encryption that will break all real-time 3rd party apps.
The excess of botting in Pokemon Go is Niantic's fault. Their server to client communication was not secure from the beginning, inviting developers to crack the door completely open. Niantic has tried already once to close the door again, but the developer community has opened it again within days.
Using a Pokemon Go tracker is still considered save as long as you are not using an account to scan. Using a Pokemon map service like FastPokeMap or any other that does not require a login are considers save from banning. See this list of Pokemon Go Tracker that do not require a login.
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