Pokemon Go gets a brand new anti-cheat system

The developer behind the wildly popular Pokemon Go, Niantic, recently revealed its plans to fight cheaters. This comes in the wake of an ongoing problem that has plagued the augmented reality game for months, if not years.

The news comes from an official Niantic blog post. “We would like to start this post by thanking you, our players, for your patience and understanding as we continuously work to create a fun and fair environment for everyone. We’ve heard your feedback and feel your frustration about how cheating is negatively impacting your gameplay experience,” the blog post began, explaining how “we’ve invested in getting better at observing cheating and these activities.” can now locate more reliably with greater speed and accuracy, so that legitimate players are not unfairly penalized.”


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Niantic’s last blog post about cheating in Pokemon Go was published about a year ago. This was “primarily aimed at sharing a broad overview” of the problem. The company was quick to thank players for their patience and apologize for the long wait.

“We will step up enforcement of this behavior in our games and roll out our improved anti-cheat approach,” Niantic noted. “We’re starting now by taking action against a number of accounts we’ve identified as violating our terms of service or player guidelines during recent in-game events in Pokemon Go.”

Niantic plans to seek consistent cheaters across all of its games “to detect and punish players on a consistent and ongoing basis rather than in waves, as we’ve done in the past.” The company will “continue to improve our methods and processes to ensure we have a head start on new behaviors that allow players to unfairly use game rules.”

The studio has warned against using copies of Pokemon Go obtained from unofficial sources. “Only use the official versions of our games,” Niantic said. The company added that “we do not support jailbroken or rooted third-party devices or apps.”

In other news, Niantic apparently has no plans to stop remote raids. Pokemon Go director Michael Steranka noted that “at this time we don’t plan to remove remote raids for regular raid levels.” However, the developer added that “we haven’t been shy about looking at opportunities for players to get back to playing in person.”

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