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Niantic Says Pokémon GO Third-Party Trackers Took Up Server Resources And Hindered Rollout

Pokémon GO developer Niantic has taken to their official blog to address the reason why they decided to block third-party trackers. The company says that they removed them because they took up server resources and also hindered the game’s rollout. Here’s what they had to say.

“As some of you may have noticed we recently rolled out Pokémon GO to Latin America including Brazil. We were very excited to finally be able to take this step. We were delayed in doing that due to aggressive efforts by third parties to access our servers outside of the Pokémon GO game client and our terms of service. We blocked some more of those attempts yesterday. Since there has been some public discussion about this, we wanted to shed some more light on why we did this and why these seemingly innocuous sites and apps actually hurt our ability to deliver the game to new and existing players. The chart below shows the drop in server resources consumed when we blocked scrapers. Freeing those resources allowed us to proceed with the Latin America launch.”

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“Of course, there are also outright hackers out there attempting to break into systems, hijack social media accounts, and even bring down the service. Some of them have posted publicly about their attempts.”

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Thanks, Navi

22 comments

  1. Nah bro Poodlecorp is your main fucking culprit. They’re just using those sites that actually help out as a damn excuse because their tracking systems are nothing but insignificant garbage.

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  2. Without any numbers on those ‘spacial queries* not much can really be said as to how bad it really was. But it’s not like it really stopped much. New ones are already coming out of the woodworks, so it’s hard to complain about them ditching any in the first place lol

  3. I hope they some new ones pops up, to be honest the games kinda more fun with tracking, ever since they stopped i kinda got bored with the game, don’t have that much time to run around hoping i catch something, the app makes pokemon hunting more convenient…

  4. They should use a distributed system with uses servers all over the world. The servers will then only serve those in it’s area. So only people with an UK IP address on their phone may access the UK game server. Also the Pokémon spawning mechanism can be more concentrated per region by with master servers which determines which Pokémon may spawn where…

  5. I caught a wild Fearow last night and guess what? It felt awesome because I found it on my own from exploring. I didn’t have someone say “There’s one there! Go get it!” Sadly, it seems people would rather have things done for them. :/

  6. See? They’re talking. They’re communicating. Giving reasons for their actions. That’s all people wanted. Shouldn’t have taken 3+ weeks for them to do so.

    1. Last time I heard, Niantic didn’t even have a community manager for Pokemon GO, lmao. Explains the lack of communication, but not the reason why a game of the scale of Pokemon GO wouldn’t have one. Truly mind-boggling, if you ask me.

            1. Ahah, pretty ironic for you to say that, considering the last time you were involved in a discussion with me, I replied to you with multiple walls of text, which you failed to reasonably respond to.
              I just don’t see much of a point in elaborating my obvious points to you anymore, as it changes literally nothing. It’s just a waste of time.

  7. HA, maybe this will say “FUCK OFF HACKERS” for people trying to ruin other peoples accounts and fooling the consumer for credit card data. I know this won’t stop all but this is nice news to hear since my brother does use pokemon go alot.

  8. This was a needed explaination. Even I was against Poke Vision being shut down. Though with idiots like PoodleCorp running around DDoSing everything I can see why this is being done, even legit sites according to this take up server resources where Pokemon Go is struggling understandably because the huge userbase. Fixing the servers was the main gripe people had so now that Niantic is taking measures to do that nobody should be mad.

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