Pokemon Go has probably become even more successful than developers, Niantic, could have ever hoped, even with the weight of the Pokemon name behind it. The launch of the game was so huge, people in other countries have downloaded it even though it hasn’t been officially released there.
With that popularity, however, comes some problems. A number of players have begun employing cheating techniques in order to fluke the system and make their job of “catchin’ them all” much easier. The most prominent of these techniques is setting your phone’s GPS to say that you’re somewhere that you’re not.
For example, you might live in New Orleans, but heard there’s a great number of Charizards being spotted in New York. Muss up your GPS a little and ta-da, you’re in New York and able to get in on that Charizard action.
This technique has been rather helpful for budding Pokemon trainers who unfortunately live out in the backwaters of civilization. It’s allowed them to be able to still get in on the Poke-fun, despite them living out in the middle of an ocean, or 500ft underground or somewhere equally removed from the general populace.
However, Niantic are cracking down on those who use these techniques to bolster their play. If caught, offending players will be unable to use Pokestops, battle at gyms or even catch Pokemon. Niantic does not care if you live in the heart of a major city or on a farm in Australia 500 miles from the nearest village. If you’re caught, that’s what’s happening to you.
Niantic aren’t tyrants though. The ban only lasts a few hours, then normal play can resume. This is actually a lighter punishment than when they were beta testing Pokemon Go, so maybe they’ve realised some players need this to make the game viable. Or maybe they’ve just grown soft in their (slightly) older age.
Either way, be careful about how you go about catching them all in Pokemon Go. It’d really suck to come across an ultra-rare rainbow shiny Pikachu, only to find out you can’t catch it because of cheating to find it in the first place.