Niantic Is Unbanning Some Pokémon GO Users

We continue to work to ensure the integrity of the game and the health of our servers by blocking unauthorized access and at times by banning offending accounts. This includes blocking bots, data scraping operations, and banning end-user accounts associated with those activities. Some players may not have realized that some add-on map apps do more than just show you nearby Pokémon. Each end-user app can be used as a collection tool by the app creator, invisibly collecting and forwarding data to the app creator with or without the knowledge of the end-user. These apps can have an effect similar to DDoS attacks on our servers. Because of this we have had to ban some accounts associated with using these add-on map tools, leading to confusion by some users about why they were banned. This is a small subset of the accounts banned.

As a result of some changes made to our infrastructure, we are now able to unban this set of accounts. Add-on maps which scrape data from our servers still violate our Terms of Service and use of them may still result in an account ban going forward. Accounts whose sole purpose was to scrape data are not being unbanned. Accounts which used apps or websites to remotely capture Pokémon, battle or deploy on Gyms, or harvest resources from PokéStops are also not being unbanned. Our main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players, so, aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in these kinds of activities.


Thanks, MasterPikachu6


  1. I hope mine is unbanned. I was wrongly banned and to this date they have not replied any of my messages.

  2. Yup, just keep on banning people so that you need to refund people more and lose more and more players. They’ve lost MILLIONS of users already. I haven’t played it at all. I check the IV update, it was pointless, I’m getting pissed at the lack of useful updates. The tracker still doesn’t work yet they want us to play legitimately? Why not fix your shit THEN ban those that continuing playing it. Whatever, I’m going to ask for a refund of my $30 since I can’t play it, have no desire to anymore and they’re just further and further tarnishing the game’s name. Idiotic players did that enough for all of us without the developer completely running it into the ground. At this point I think they’ll have to do a hell of a lot to earn back all those players that abandoned it.

    Oh, Niantic? Hackers always find a way and prove time and time again to be smarter than the developers. It’s going to be fun watching the hacking community outsmart you, especially since you’re such an awful developer to deal with.

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