Trainers, a hot topic is currently trending among Pokémon GO circles: the 30-day ban and permanent ban for submitting nominations that don’t meet the Wayfarer criteria. That’s right, Niantic is laying down the law, and it’s causing quite a stir in the Pokémon GO community.
A player known by the handle RandomCybarian took to Reddit to share their unfortunate story. They got hit with a 30-day ban from both Pokémon GO and the Wayfarer platform. According to Niantic’s email, the ban is a result of submitting non-compliant nominations. Yeah, you heard it right – a whole month without access to Pokémon GO or Wayfarer.
RandomCybarian is not alone; several players have reported that Niantic has started to crack down hard, especially in the Netherlands. There seems to have been a lot of Wayfarer abuse in the region, where bot networks were approving just about anything.
Before we dive deeper, let’s briefly touch on what Wayfarer is for the uninitiated. For seasoned players, Niantic Wayfarer allows for the submission and review of new Pokéstops (Wayspots, in Wayfarer parlance). However, you need to be at least level 37 in Pokémon GO to get in on the action.
There are different categories for what makes a good Wayspot, ranging from historic markers to parks and more. The idea is to foster community interaction and exploration.
The player who got banned has been a part of the Pokémon GO ecosystem for seven years and has invested not just time but also money into the game. To receive a 30-day ban for what they believe to be a minor infraction has left them (and many others) quite peeved.
Before nominating a new Wayspot, you need to understand that it should meet one of three criteria:
- A great place for exploration
- A great place for exercise
- A great place to be social with others
- The location or object also must be permanent, publicly accessible, and safe.
Given this dramatic action by Niantic, it’s clear that they’re taking the integrity of the Wayfarer system very seriously. However, is a 30-day ban for a first-time offense too harsh, especially for a seasoned player?
As someone who’s been a part of the Pokémon GO community for years, I think Niantic could be more transparent about its policies and perhaps implement a warning system before outright bans. After all, the game has a broad audience and varying levels of understanding about what is or isn’t an appropriate Wayspot.
If you’re planning on contributing to the Wayfarer system, make sure you follow the guidelines to a T. Niantic isn’t messing around, and the last thing you want is to be locked out of catching ’em all for an entire month.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Niantic’s actions are justified, or is this an overreach that could alienate loyal players? Let’s get the conversation rolling in the comments below. So, Trainers, stay informed and tread carefully when engaging with Wayfarer – no one wants a month-long timeout from Pokémon GO.