To prevent hackers/cheaters from ruining the game experience, Pokémon GO publishers have toughened their penalties, from a 7-day warning to a 30-day account lock and now a permanent account ban. Recently, countless players were banned from Pokémon GO due to suspicions of cheating, but it seems it was all just a mistake.
The game’s automatic anti-cheat system encountered some issues, resulting in a number of players being unfairly banned. On the Pokémon GO subreddit r/TheSilphRoad, there were also countless complaints from players affected by this issue. Daniel “Spieletrend” Schilling, a famous German YouTuber who has collaborated with Niantic on many important Pokémon GO events, unfortunately also became a victim and is still banned from his account. Some users believe that the cause of Pokémon GO’s anti-cheat system confusion may be due to the version of iOS players are using.
Niantic also confirmed that there was negligence in identifying cheaters and promised to automatically return accounts to players who received unfair punishments. However, many players had to miss this year’s final Pokémon GO Fest due to the unreasonable ban and Niantic didn’t seem to want to compensate them.
Since the launch of Pokémon GO, Niantic has always focused on preventing hackers/cheaters. Earlier this year, the company also revealed that since 2020 it has banned more than 5 million hackers. Niantic’s efforts are notable, but this publisher should review the anti-piracy mechanism so annoying things like this don’t happen.
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