Cheaters deserve to be punished. In a game such as Pokémon GO, cheating can easily ruin the experience for legitimate players. Niantic is aware of this problem and has been working hard to punish those who decide to cheat. In a recent blog post, Niantic revealed that over 5 million cheaters have been punished accordingly across all its games, including Pokémon GO, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, with over 20% of the punishments being permanent bans.
Niantic further elaborated in its blog post about how it goes about punishing: ”More than 90% of users who received their first warning() stopped cheating afterwards. This is quite encouraging for us, as we continue to find the right balance between punishing casual cheaters versus the more egregious ones.”
Pokémon GO launched in 2016 and has continued to grow over the years. Feb. 20 saw an event intended to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series called Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto. This event was a nostalgia trip and allowed players to choose Pokémon Red or Green. Depending on which version you chose, different Pokémon from the Kanto region would appear. The end reward was an encounter with a Shiny Mew (only if you completed all the event research). Did you participate in the Go Tour? And have you played honestly and avoided being punished by Niantic?