Niantic to issue permanent bans to Pokémon Go gamers who violated its TOS

This week, game developer Niantic Labs posted a note to its website, revealing that it is issuing permanent bans to Pokémon Go gamers who violate the Terms of Service (TOS) of the outrageously popular mobile game which was launched in July.

The permanent bans which Niantic plans to issue to TOS violators of Pokémon Go are basically aimed at cheaters who manage to play the game beyond the realm of Niantic's design parameters, with the help GPS spoofing, emulators, bots for automating certain segments of the game, and other software techniques. Such techniques enable cheaters to dishonestly gain an advantage in Pokémon Go.

Outlining the Pokémon go TOS violations which can lead to a permanent ban, Niantic said in its website post that some of these violations include "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."

Though it is not yet clear how Niantic will detect the use of software techniques by cheaters, the company asserted in its website post that key objective behind issuing permanent bans to Pokémon Go TOS violators is "to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone."

Niantic further added in the website post: "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."

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