Pokemon Go maker Niantic is now permanently banning players who have violated their Terms of Service (TOS). In other words, they are no permabanning those who are using methods to unfairly gain advantage in the game; otherwise known as cheating.
Niantic Perma-bans Pokemon Go Cheaters
I remember the first day Pokemon Go was available in the Philippines. It was an exciting time for many of us who waited. But to the surprise of Pinoy fans, some gyms were being occupied by high level trainers with overly powerful Charizards, Snorlaxes and Lapras. And that was on the first day.
Now, Niantic has finally put their foot down and have begun issuing permanent bans on those who have used any of the cheats available. According to the game maker, this includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software.
Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone. We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimization and fine tuning of our anti-cheat system. (Posted on their website)
The company also placed a link on the website for those who may have been erroneously banned.
So that pretty much covers it. If you enjoy playing the game and would like to continue playing, play it fairly. No more bots, GPS spoofing, etc. On the upside, you’ll get a lot of exercise from all the walking and egg hatching.
PS: If you’re on Smart (like me), you can continue playing Pokemon Go for free (no data charges) until September 14.