Just last week, a lot of Pokemon Go accounts have been locked, and we thought that Niantic is going to unlock them in a month or so, but it looks like they have something else on their mind.
Previously, we have reported on massive ban wave of cheaters/spoofers using a third app party, apps that are breaking Niantic’s Trainer Guidelines and Terms of Service. At that time, Raymond from Niantic support sent out the following email:
In Pokemon Go, we take fairness seriously and want to provide an accessible, fun and equal game experience to all Trainers. We recently pushed some updates that have placed a lock on certain accounts that have been found to not be playing within our Trainer Guidelines and Terms of Service.”
This raised a lot of questions and those whose accounts have been locked thought that Niantic is going to block them temporarily (+-30 days) and everything would go back to normal. But it turns out that Niantic is not playing when it comes down to breaking the rules. In addition, a new ban wave was sent out yesterday.
Aaron, from Niantic Support, confirmed that this is not a temporary lock, it’s a permanent termination:
Please refer to our prior communications stating that our decision to terminate your account permanently is final. We cannot provide any additional support regarding your account.”
At this moment I don’t have any info on what apps (e.g. IV checker) are allowed to be used, but as soon as I have any info, you’ll be the first to find out. Until then, be careful what apps you’re using, you might get the banhammer!