'Pokemon GO' Latest News & Updates: Niantic Removing Bans For Some Users?

By Anne Caballo , Updated Aug 30, 2016 09:58 AM EDT
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The developer of the game "Pokemon GO" is reportedly giving back those banned accounts of the game but only those accounts that have been banned by accident. It was announced on their official blog yesterday.

Niantic Labs, the "Pokemon GO" developer is said to be having reversions for those accounts that was banned unintentionally after reports of mistaken account bans. On their official blog, the CEO of Niantic John Hanke said that his team has been issuing bans depending if the players are traced to be using tools that had broken their company's terms of service.

There were so many reports already about those third-party apps and tools especially designed that can be used as a mapping tool. These apps can be used in locating Pokemon in lesser time. One of those tracking app is the now defunct PokeVision which was given by the Niantic a permanent ban. The game developer first started cutting access on those app this month and banning apps and tools just two weeks ago.

According to The Verge, there were some reported cases that those unpopular third-party mapping tools for the game Pokemon GO also collect data and send it to the Niantic's servers. The CEO of Niantic have responded to these cases and said it resembles a distributed denial service attacks. As these data transfers shows a bit more virulent for the Niantic, they have been said to act aggressively to protect the game Pokemon GO servers.

Niantic is reportedly going through those Pokemon GO players' accounts that have been banned but did not actually violate the Niantic terms of service to reverse their action. Although Hanke clarifies that those add-on maps used in playing Pokemon GO that damage the game servers still violates their terms of service and using them may result from that account to be banned.

Hanke also added that those Pokemon GO accounts that used GPS spoofing techniques to play the game will still be permanently banned. He said that this kind of account banning will still continue to happen for those players who still use such third-party apps. Hanke also reiterate that the Niantic's main priority is to give a fair and fun experience for their players around the world.

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