Niantic, the developer behind Pokemon Go, is issuing permanent bans to players who violate the augmented reality app’s terms of service.
In a note posted on its website, the company said user accounts will be permanently terminated for violations, including, but not limited to: “falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokemon Go clients or backends in an unauthorised manner including through the use of third party software”.
According to The Verge, the bans are directed against things such as GPS spoofing, which enables a user to trick a smartphone into thinking it is located in a different country, and other hacks such as bots.
At present, it is unclear how Niantic is detecting cheaters.
“Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone,” reads the company’s note. “We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimisation and fine tuning of our cheat system.”
The news follows the company’s decision to ban the use of third party tracking apps for the game earlier this month.