FastPokeMap Released Pokemon Go API

Posted: Oct 29 2016, 1:54pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 30 2016, 5:42am CDT, in News | Technology News

 

FastPokeMap Released Pokemon Go API
 

After several days of chaos, hate, code leaks and lots of name calling, the developer of FastPokeMap releases the Pokemon Go API source code to connect to Pokemon Go servers again.

The developer of FastPokeMap had over the last days a nasty confrontation with other developers in the so called Pokemon Go developer community. It was chaotic and hard to follow what all happened. At some point FastPokeMap source code got leaked, the FastPokeMap site was under DDoS attack and Pokemon Go tracker apps scraped FPM data.

Update: FastPokeMap is shut down. The developer has taken the Pokemon Go scanner offline over the weekend as it was not stable. It will be offline for serveral days to get fixed: "Sorry! The system was too unstable and stressful to maintain. We are taking down the service until we can stabilize it." Read the details about the FastPokeMap shutdown and when the Pokemon tracker comes back.

Today, ip_whitelist, as the developer of FastPokeMap is known on reddit, has quit the developer community with leaving them a present. He released the usable API to make calls to the Pokemon Go servers. So anybody who knows how can now get their bots and scanners back up again. But there is a catch. Running the code is what the FPM developer calls a "money hole."

"Niantic won guys. You will find out why when you get the first api call to work. Capitalist pigs who care about money won. Scrapping my data and making pure profit over it while i'm going in the red. This is over for me. You guys are self entitled pricks that think everything has to come to you by right. Have it. Have it all. In 1 month when the API changes again everyone will come crying and begging us to crack it. I'll spend my talent on a community that is dev friendly. Sick of Niantic and the so called open source community who's in it only for the money," ip_whitelist said on reddit.

Things have changed dramatically in the 3rd party Pokemon Go community. During the summer it was mostly friendly and a motivating atmosphere. Now it totally broke apart. It will soon fade way in obscurity.

The FastPokeMap Pokemon map is still online. The scanning system has changed. Now it is spawn based. It is not user triggered anymore, leaving currently trainers in rural areas without results. 

Niantic has now a multi-layer security in place that makes running unauthorized 3rd party software very difficult. Niantic uses Google's SafetyNet to block the app from running on rooted Android. A heavily obfuscated encryption tries to make sure only the app can communicate with Pokemon Go servers. When the server detects unusual behavior, a captcha appears that needs to be resolved by a real user. Then there are also restrictions on how fast a scanner can move around. The 30mph limit has an impact on GPS spoofers and Pokemon scanner accounts.

A lot of players enjoy the Pokemon Go Halloween event, making Pokemon Go one of the top 2 grossing apps on iTunes again. Before the event Pokemon Go almost dropped out of the top 10. 

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