Pokemon GO's latest update employs shaming tactics against cheaters

As we reported last month, Pokemon GO developer Niantic has finally started taking serious measures against cheaters. Back then, this was limited to so-called "shadowbans" of bot accounts, but an official post from Niantic on Reddit's TheSilphRoad community has outlined another tactic which, as it happens, is already in use – shaming players for cheating.

The post reads as follows:

While the term "third-party services" hasn't been more explicitly clarified, the community consensus is that this mostly applies to bot accounts, rather than legitimate users who use GPS spoofing. Also, "may not behave as expected" so far only seems to mean transferring (a.k.a selling) Pokemon doesn't net users any candies. And it seems the measures are already in place – cheat Pokemon are now showing as marked in player inventories:

As for the new features, Niantic recently announced what it calls "the biggest update to Pokemon GO," which promises a ton of new features, including revamped Gym battles, Gym Badges, a new motivation system, and more. 

source: Reddit



1. Darnelll

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Niantic completely ruined the Pokemon experience for me. It was fun at first, but after they made it about them running their users around in circles so they could make more profit off them than making a good game I had to delete. It seemed every update made the game more intolerable and every goal you had more elusive. I wish they'd just make a good fun game, but it doesn't seem like that's what they care about doing in the least.

2. southernzombie

Posts: 354; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

You must have been one of the cheaters.

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