If you have been using unofficial maps, hacks, mods, and apps in order to find Pokémon near you, they might not be available for you to use for much longer. After a month of Pokémon GO being out, Niantic has finally come forth and addressed the issue with third-party means of helping players “catch ’em all.” They may be handy for players searching for Pokémon in their cities (especially since the “three step glitch” is still in full effect), but apparently these sites are breaking the rules in order to help Pokémon GO players.
John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, spoke with Forbes and mentioned that popular sites like Pokévision and Poké Radar might be taken down in the future. He also mentions that those sites violate Pokémon GO‘s terms of service since they take data from the game’s servers.
“We have priorities right now but they might find in the future that those things may not work. People are only hurting themselves because it takes some fun out of the game. People are hacking around trying to take data out of our system and that’s against our terms of service.”
Hopefully the priorities Hanke mentioned are to fix the infamous “three step glitch” and stabilizing the game’s servers, since those two things seem to be the biggest complaints players have.
Fans of the game are sure to be a little upset once Niantic cracks down on sites to aid in their Pokémon hunting, but one of the creators of Pokévision, Y.L., said he would be okay with taking down the site if he was asked to. He spoke to Tech Insider about the issue.
“If Niantic told us to shut PokéVision down, we would comply, absolutely. It is their game, and we respect that.”
Y.L. also mentioned that they were not trying to encourage cheating in the game when creating the site. Their goal was to make Pokémon GO more fun, enhancing the overall experience of the game.
“We’re here to complement the game, not make it easier.”
Only time will tell if Niantic does indeed shut down these external websites and apps that aid players in finding Pokémon.