Latest reports suggest that Niantic is hiding rare monster spawns from “Pokemon GO” cheats. Players using third-party applications to play the game have been flagged by Niantic and have even received a warning message
There are numerous third-party apps that players use to gain advantage over others. Tracking maps tell the players where certain Pokemon are in an area. Even though using mappers to play the game is both enjoyable, and player believe it’s optimal, Niantic considers this cheating. The latest step by the developer of hiding rare monster spawns is being considered as a shadow-ban. It means that the cheats may be at the exact same area as other players but will not be able to see the rare Pokemon but only the common ones such as Pidgeys and Rattatas.
Niantic has neither confirmed nor refuted this action. It has not addressed this publicly. However, the “Pokemon GO” community is absolutely sure that shadow-bans are really taking place. Certain player accounts have stopped finding Pokemon at some of the known spawn points. The trainers were incapable of seeing anything except the common ones. Some of the mapping services that relied on bots to gather data have stopped working completely. Many of such sites are reporting outages.
Due to the changes made by Niantic, some of the trackers are finding workarounds for inaccurate scans. A lot many players have confirmed the existence of this anti-cheat system. Twitter, “Pokemon GO” communities and Reddit are full of messages confirming its existence. Kotaku Australia has shared the warning messages that the cheats are receiving. It has also showed the differences between flagged and non-flagged accounts. There are also many who are complaining about their accounts being flagged falsely.
It has not been verified whether these players at all used any third-party apps or not and there is no way to verify that. There is a debate going on in online gaming forums whether mapping services should really be considered as illegal. Some have argued that they are forced to use maps as they live in rural areas or have a very busy work schedule. However, there is good news for players who are not facing any kind of ban. Niantic has teased that the Legendary Pokemon may soon be released, that is by the end of this year.
Fans believe that the release of the Legendaries will be the most important thing in “Pokemon GO” to celebrate its one year anniversary. [READ MORE: ‘Pokemon GO’ Legendary update in June; Gen 3 is faraway though]