An update comes from the ever-silent Niantic Labs encouraging Pokemon Go players who felt they were wrongly banned from the game that their accounts could get unbanned if they fit the legitimate circumstances. Niantic had gone on a banning spree because a lot of players started hacking the game using GPS apps to make the game think they were walking around or in a completely different part of their city or the world while they sat at home on their couch. This allowed players to crack eggs without moving, farm Pokemon nests and Pokestops without physically moving at all.
These hacking apps along with block bots and data scrapers is what Niantic went on a rampage against but in doing so, wrongly banned players using third-party map apps as well. “Each end user app can be used as a collection tool by the app creator, invisibly collecting and forwarding data to the app creator without the knowledge of the end user,” says Niantic on its website. “These apps can have an effect similar to DDoS attacks on our servers.”
With a revamped back-end and to quell their exodus of players, Niantic will begin reversing bans on a “small subset” of player accounts. Niantic wants prioritise fair play and undo some of its initial teething mistakes while cracking down hard on hackers of the game that violate the game’s terms of service.