Pokemon Go Tracker FastPokeMap Gives Up

Posted: Nov 5 2016, 4:28am CDT | by , Updated: Nov 5 2016, 11:34am CDT , in Technology News


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Pokemon Go Tracker FastPokeMap Gives Up

This time it is for real it appears. The creator of the FastPokeMap Pokemon Go tracker gives up and left the Pokemon Go 3rd party development community.

FastPokeMap is down again and this time it is likely for ever. Niantic has patched a work around FastPokeMap was using for its massive scanning backend. The developer posted on reddit under his ip_whitelist handle a goodbye note. As parting present to the Pokemon Go community he released the most recent source code of FastPokeMap's hashing code.

Releasing the source code is a big sign that ip_whitelist is not coming back and relaunching FastPokeMap. He said on reddit: "I don't know what to say except that a work of 3 months just disappeared and that i'm too disheartened to even say anything." He added "Sadly Niantic has other plans for this game and they're starting to rollout their pokemon-near-pokestop tracker worldwide."

Indeed Niantic has started to expand the availability of the Pokemon Go nearby feature to more regions besides San Francisco. A world wide roll-out seems still far away though.

With the released FastPokeMap source code, developers can build small scale Pokemon trackers. Large scale Pokemon scanning servers and apps appear impossible to operate at this time. This was Niantic's main goal with the security updates. They don't want large scale scanners use up server resources. They will not care much about individual scanners, but might still release another security update to kill them off for good as no developer will step up to the plate and invest the time ip_whitelist and his team did this time around.

The remaining developers are already organizing themselves on discord to pick up where FastPokeMap left. It is though likely the end of large scale and global Pokemon scanners.

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