‘Pokemon Go’ Latest News & Update: Niantic Cracks Whip On Game Trackers

By Snooky Grawls , Updated Aug 02, 2016 02:00 PM EDT

Niantic has finally acted on the exploits and tweaks that “Pokemon Go” players have been using and many have been left disappointed. Previous weeks have seen players frantically trying to work around Niantic’s rising game, as they venture out to pin down finding Pokemon creatures with the aid of third party apps. The buck stops now.

All these measures were already mentioned as violations to the game’s Terms of Service which meant that players could get banned from the game if caught. They were technically a form of cheating which placed “Pokemon Go” players in an uncanny position.

Niantic patches up

It was only a matter of time before Niantic did something and the good news is that they didn’t resort to banning of accounts. They did something better and all it needed was one patch.

“Pokevision”, a third-party app/ site that aids players to hunt down Pokemons have been cut-off, Forbes reported. The site unavailable since Saturday with no guarantees it would go back on line per co-founder Yangcheng Liu.

Apparently Niantic has now prevented third-party apps from acting as assistants to “Pokemon Go” addicts, tightening up restrictions to the game’s code. The move technically patches a previous exploit and now prevents access to the game’s stats and locations.

"The common use case for this lately has been IV checkers and Poke scanners. Those were technically against the Terms of Service, so now breaking the ToS has been made a bit harder," Fev Games reported.

New app rising

With Pokevision useless, GameSpot mentions a new app for Android that “Pokemon Go” players can use. The app is “SmartPoke 2” which is in beta for now. It bypasses the limitations brought about by API but could be available for a limited time. Sadly, there is no tracking app available for iOS right now.

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