Niantic uses BANHAMMER: It’s very effective

Banned Pokemon GO

Have you used one of those botting programs that allows you to spoof your GPS to catch Pokemon in Pokemon Go? Well you might be getting banned. Niantic has cracked down hardcore on cheaters and with great prejudice. Here’s the notification that you get if you’re account has been banned:

“Your account was permanently terminated for violations of the Pokémon GO Terms of Service. This includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software.

“Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone. We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimization and fine tuning of our anti-cheat system. If you believe your account has been terminated in error incorrectly, you can appeal that termination through this form. For privacy reasons, please do not post appeals on social media.”

Needless to say people are salty. Check out these posts from cheaters on various cheater forums

Pokemon Go cheaters banned

These guys will just bot harder. Bans be damned

 

Pokemon Go Dragonite

This guy had almost 300 Dragonites but didn’t see the big deal in cheating just a little

 

Pokemon Go lucky eggs

And this guy actually bought $150 in lucky eggs before being banned. Not so lucky

Credit to Reddit user Waterpistol78 for the screengrabs
It was only a matter of time before Niantic dropped the banhammer and it’s good that they did now. Cheating on this specific type of game sours it for the people who play by the rules and those are the people who Niantic wants to play. A similar thing happened with The Division. The Dark Zone was overrun with cheaters to the point where it was impossible to play legit. There are still players who play, but since Massive didn’t tackle the problem soon enough, the core playerbase had dissolved and the game fell into obscurity.

Kudos to Niantic for attempting to fix the game. Now if I could only get access to the tracker to catch something other than Pidgeys and Drowzees.