The mega-popular smartphone game Pokemon GO has successfully stayed one step ahead of cheaters since Niantic, its developer, launched the game in 2016.
The cheaters/spoofers have many ways to break the rules in the game and many sophisticated tools to get around them. They do stuff like finding out where rare Pokemon are hiding, going in circles to hatch eggs and trick the game into thinking the player is halfway around the world when in reality he/she is not.
As of this moment, Niantic has filed a lawsuit against Global ++. This organization is an ‘association of hackers’ which make ‘unauthorized derivative versions’ of apps which include the game mentioned above, and Ingress, both developed by Niantic. These games are called PokeGo++ and Ingress++. They give an advantage to its users, while also simultaneously infringe on Niantic’s intellectual property rights.
The accused ones are called Ryan “ElliotRobot” Hunt, who is described by Niantic as the leader and developer of this organization. Alen “iOS noob” Hundur is the one who develops the apps and promotes them on their YouTube channel. In the lawsuit, Niantic named other 20 “Doe defendants” which are members of Global++.
Niantic wants a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit, which requires Global++ and their members to stop distributing the apps and also to stop working on reverse engineering codes.