‘Pokemon Go’ News and Updates: Did Niantic Ordered the Shut Down of Pokemon-Finding Apps?

By Louise Bonquin , Updated Aug 01, 2016 10:31 AM EDT
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"Pokemon Go" players who are hunting for monsters often rely on Pokemon-finding Apps like the Pokevision and Poke Radar, to easily locate them. However, it seems that Niantic Lab is not happy with the idea of having third-party applications that guide gamers in tracking down the Pocket Monsters.

In fact, during his interview with Forbes on July 28, Niantic Lab CEO, John Hanke, openly expressed his dislike with such tools. "Yeah, I don't really like that. Not a fan. We have priorities right now but they might find in the future that those things may not work," he said.

He further said that players are only hurting themselves by using the apps because it takes away the fun in playing the game. Hanke added, "People are hacking around trying to take data out of our system and that's against our terms of service."

Just three days after his interview, the most popular Pokemon-finding app, Pokevision, could no longer be accessed. The creator of the app, Yangcheng Liu, addressed the sudden removal of their service through a series of posts on Twitter. One message stated that Pokevision respects Niantic and Nintendo's wishes and they intend to keep users posted with updates.

Another Pokemon locating service called Pokehound also took to social media to let gamers know that their site has been shut down as well. With the series of closures, it seems that the hunting apps for "Pokemon Go"  will all be vanishing soon.

Moreover, it cannot be help if "Pokemon Go" players will think that Niantic ordered the shutting down of the sites. They are now furious that the gaming company would make this move, and stop the apps that have been helping them with tracking Pokemon all this time.

Niantic could be pointed at as the villain in this situation, however, there is chance that the gaming company is only doing this for the reason that the apps may be doing more harm than good. Maybe, the Pokemon-finding services are actually a factor in the current instability of "Pokemon Go"? If that is the case, then Niantic was only forced to shut them down to save the game from troubles.

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