30 Aug 2016 12:01 PM +00:00 UTC

Pokemon Go Developers To Lift Some Bans

Pokemon Go devleoper Niantic Labs has announced that it will reverse bans for certain Pokemon Go players that have been banned in the studio's recent efforts to penalize useres who were caught using third-party tracking apps.

CEO John Hanke explained the move in a new post on Niantic's website.

"Some players may not have realised that some add-on map apps do more than just show you nearby Pokemon," Hanke explained. "Each end-user app can be used as a collection tool by the app creator, invisibly collecting and forwarding data to the app creator with or without the knowledge of the end user."

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"These apps can have an effect similar to DDoS attacks on our servers. Because of this we have had to ban some accounts associated with using these add-on map tools, leading to confusion by some users about why they were banned. This is a small subset of the accounts banned.

"As a result of some changes made to our infrastructure, we are now able to unban this set of accounts."

According to Hanke, the add-on maps which scrape data from the Pokemon Go servers still violate the app's Terms of Service and using them may still result in an account ban going forward.

"We continue to work to ensure the integrity of the game and the health of our servers by blocking unauthorised access and at times by banning offending accounts," Hanke explained in the statement. "This includes blocking bots, data scraping operations, and banning end user accounts associated with those activities."

"Accounts whose sole purpose was to scrape data are not being unbanned. Accounts which used apps or websites to remotely capture Pokemon, battle or deploy on Gyms, or harvest resources from PokeStops are also not being unbanned. Our main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players, so, aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in these kinds of activities."

Earlier this month, Niantic started banning cheaters, maintaining the company's "main priority with Pokemon Go is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate game experience for all players."

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