Pokemon Go Creator Is Suing Hackers Who Help Players Cheat

Posted: Jun 16 2019, 3:45am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Pokémon Go creator is suing hackers that help players cheat
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Niantic alleges that an association of hackers is giving players of its "hacked" versions of Pokémon Go and Ingress an unfair advantage over actual players.

Niantic, the creator of the hit mobile game Pokémon Go and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, has sued an “association of hackers” called the Global++ for allegedly producing and distributing “hacked” versions of Pokémon Go, Business Insider reported, citing a court filing.

Niantic believes Global++’s version of the game, which the latter describes as “tweaked,” infringes on the company’s intellectual property and gives players of the hacked game an unfair advantage.

The American game developer filed the suit shortly before launching Harry Potter: Wizards Unite after rolling it out on beta in Australia and New Zealand in April.

Niantic said it filed the motion against Global++, saying the release of the Harry Potter game is “threatened by defendants' unlawful conduct," the report said, citing the court document.

Apart from Pokémon Go, which was released in 2016, Niantic is also accusing Global++ of infringing on the copyrights of its other games like Ingress, a location-based, augmented-reality mobile game released for Android devices in December 2013 and for iOS devices in July 2014. Global++’s copies of the games are called PokéGo++ and Ingress++, the report added.

The Global++ version of the Pokémon Go reportedly lets players break some rules and do things like walk in circles to hatch Pokémon eggs or spot exactly where rare monsters are hiding. They can also manipulate their GPS location so they can trick the game into thinking that they are halfway around the world, Business Insider said.

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“Among other things, defendants' schemes undermine the integrity of the gaming experience for legitimate players, diminishing enthusiasm for Niantic's games and, in some cases, driving players away from Niantic's games altogether. Defendants' schemes therefore damage Niantic's reputation and goodwill and interfere with Niantic's business,” the lawsuit reportedly states.

Niantic is urging the court to ban Global++ and its members from distributing the apps and to stop any work on reverse engineering the code to its games.

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