Now we all know that Niantic has been banning players who were using tools that breaches the company’s terms of services. Some of this cases involved using third-party mapping tools created to show you where exactly a pokemon spawn in your location. Niantic first began cutting off access to those apps earlier this month, and it started aggressively issuing permanent account bans about two weeks ago.
In some cases, lesser known mapping tools also collected data on users and sent it to Niantic’s servers, something that Hanke says resembled a distributed denial of service, or DDOS, attack. Because these data transfers appeared malicious at first glance, Niantic acted somewhat indiscriminately when it came to protecting its 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," Hanke writes. "This is a small subset of the accounts banned."
Now, Niantic is going through the accounts it banned to reinstate those players who weren't knowingly violating the TOS. "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," Hanke clarifies. He also says that accounts that were created to scrape data from the game or those that used GPS spoofing techniques to play in other areas around the world will remain permanently banned. "Our main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players," he concludes, "so aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in these kinds of activities."
You can head over to pokemongolive to see the official update about account bans in Pokemon GO or, you can check out the full article below:
An update on Pokémon GO account bans
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.