‘Pokemon Go’ Latest News & Update: Niantic Labs Intensifies Fight vs. Cheaters; Designated Captcha Feature as Anti-Cheating Device

By Louise Bonquin , Updated Aug 31, 2016 11:51 AM EDT

"Pokemon Go" recently issued permanent ban on players who have been caught cheating. In addition to account removals and possible legal action, Niantic Labs intensified its campaign against cheaters by adding the captcha feature. It was incorporated in the game to block fraudulent accounts.

As everyone already knows, captcha is commonly used to verify that the individual logging in is not a robot. "Pokemon Go" game cheaters have been found to use bots in order to play the game non-stop and advance their levels quickly.

Niantic Labs started its campaign to stop cheating after getting many reports of dirty play. Apparently, there are gamers who use third party apps, bots and other sorts of applications to get ahead in the game. The company decided to take action and it banned many cheaters last week.

"After reviewing many reports of in-game cheating, we have started taking action against players taking unfair advantage of and abusing Pokémon GO. Moving forward, we will continue to terminate accounts that show clear signs of cheating." Niantic Labs posted on "Pokemon Go" web page.

Then again, the captcha feature is still not operational in "Pokemon Go" since Niantic Labs needs to enable it first. Most probably, it is not out yet because the team is still polishing the system to ensure tighter security. Once deployed, the use of third-party apps will really be tricky.

Incidentally, the use of map trackers like the FastPokeMap while playing "Pokemon Go" may also caused players to be permanently expelled in the game. However, the captcha feature is not likely to work in this type of cheat so gamers may still continue to use trackers like this.

Many other cheat methods in "Pokemon Go" are not likely to be affected by the captcha system, so this is a setback for Niantic Labs. A good example of cheating that can be let off from the captcha security is the hack where players can keep on walking and reach pokestops even if they are just in the house. 

Do you think the addition of captcha is a good idea? Stay tuned to Game & Guide for more "Pokemon GO" news.

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