Half a million accounts found cheating in Pokemon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Half a million accounts found cheating in Pokemon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Niantic, the company behind Pokemon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, has just announced some important policy updates meant to keep the gameplay environment of both games as healthy as possible.

The first step towards making sure that players benefit from a fun and fair gameplay experience is to expand the so-called Three Strikes Discipline Policy from Pokemon GO to its other games, including the recently launched Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

A much-needed action since Niantic identified and initiated action against more than half a million accounts who were found to be using cheating apps in Pokemon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

To prevent that from happening going forward, Niantic announced it has improved detection of rooted and jailbroken devices to prevent people from sideloading cheating apps or modified versions of Pokemon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

Keep in mind that these games will no longer work on devices that have compromised root access, and using a modified device while playing Pokemon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite could put your account at risk of suspension.

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14 Comments

1. HutchOven

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Way to go Niantic, only 3 years late. People will still figure out another way to cheat anyways.

2. Poptart2828

Posts: 467; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

You can't really play this game the way it was intended. The people spoofing their locations are the ones that are spending all the money on it. There are way too many good games or other forms of entertainment that's competing with this game. They should never punish the gamers that are sustaining their paychecks.

3. joenodden

Posts: 14; Member since: May 09, 2019

Wow bravo, good job supporting the people ruining the game.

4. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 153; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

What if a kid who couldn't leave his hospital bed wanted to play?

7. jefff

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I love this type of argument; take the 0.00000000000000001% scenario and pretend things should be based around it. If he wanted to play from his hospital bed, he can play from his hospital bed. There are plenty of spawn points around hospitals since there's plenty of cell phone usage. So he can't go raid a Rayquaza? Is this child terminally ill, because, if so, pretty sure he has bigger things to worry about than not getting a third shot at a pointless dragon Pokemon before he dies. If he's not terminally ill, then he, like everyone else on earth, faces challenges where, for a period of time, might not be able to do activities he likes.

9. AgentRed

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 16, 2019

Game wouldnt be meant for them? its unfortunate but cheaters are cheaters

6. Poptart2828

Posts: 467; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

How are they ruining someone else's experience?

13. dedoofless

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 16, 2019

they enter in people's lobbies and dont do any damage

10. hexfur

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 16, 2019

Maybe people wouldnt cheat if there were more pokestops & other places. Not everyone can walk outside to get to these spots & there are a lot of places that just dont have a lot of landmarks to place the stops.

14. dedoofless

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 16, 2019

maybe people wouldnt cheat if they werent some lazy f words

11. dell86

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 16, 2019

I used to play when it was a hype and then it dawn on me that it’s pointless that I have to drive 15km just to get some decent poke stops and gyms. Landmarks are rare here in Brunei. The nearest to my house is about 8km away and that is just 1 pokestop. Please do something about this because the Pokémon community here is dying out.

12. dedoofless

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 16, 2019

there are no reasons to spoof, grow up ya kids

15. pantojma

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 16, 2019

I like how people just comment. Without knowing all the facts people don’t just spoof cause their lazy and don’t want to go out and walk. I have 5 friends who play we work 8 to 5 I work 8 to 8 sometimes by the time I leave work all raids done also I have 2 stops were I live 1 mile away so does that make me a bad guy? I watch all these YouTubers who constantly complain how spoofers ruin the game I probably would say the same if I had pokestops 10 feet from were I live. And I buy stuff from the store all the time.

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