Pokémon Go developer Niantic says it’s better at spotting cheaters and is ‘stepping up’ the app

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has outlined its plans to tackle cheating in the popular augmented reality mobile game.

In an update posted on the company’s official blog (thanks, NME), Niantic said it is “continually working[ing] to facilitate a fun and fair environment” and “[felt players’] frustration with how cheating behaviors affected them.

Its last article on cheating – posted last year – was “mostly focused on sharing broad insight” on the topic, but since then Niantic says it’s “getting better” at spotting cheaters.

“[W]We have invested in better observing cheating behavior and can now more reliably identify such activity with increased speed and accuracy, preventing legitimate players from being improperly punished,” the post reads.

“As a result, we will be ramping up the enforcement of these behaviors in our games and rolling out our enhanced anti-cheat approach. We are now starting to take action against a number of accounts that we believe are in violation of our Terms of Service. usage or player guidelines during recent in-game events in Pokémon Go.”

Therefore, the team is committed to improving processes to “ensure they stay ahead of any new behavior that allows players to unfairly exploit the rules of the game” and affirms that this is not is just the first step in implementing new cheat detection and enforcement systems.

That said, it reminded players to only download official versions of the game from app stores and said it could not support jailbroken or rooted devices.

ICYMI, Niantic recently said it has no plans to remove the option to fight in remote raids – a popular mechanic introduced in response to Covid lockdowns.

Some fans were concerned that the concept would be scrapped – like other pandemic-era bonuses and gameplay have already been – especially since Niantic recently announced a new variety of in-person-only raids, which will debut this weekend for the game’s next Community Day.

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