Trainers, Niantic is very serious when it comes down to breaking the ToS. They’re so strict that they even started to terminate those accounts that failed to change their ‘style’ of playing Pokemon Go and kept on violating Pokemon Go’s ToS and Trainer Guidelines.
Today, March 14, a new ban wave have been sent and this time Niantic is targeting the spoofers/cheaters who are using unauthorized apps such as PokeGo++ and iTools.
Niantic is sending an Account Suspension Notice with the following info:
Your account has been suspended for violating the Terms of Service. This suspension will last approximately 30 days. Any further transgressions will result in permanent account termination.
According to their Three Strike Cheating Policy, players are given three chances to change their way of playing the game before getting a permaban. Here is how it works:
Pokemon Go First Strike – WARNING
- If this strike is issued, you will see a warning message within the Pokemon Go app informing you that we have detected cheating on your account.
- In addition to this warning, your gameplay experience may be degraded in the following ways for the duration of the warning:
- You may not be able to encounter rare Pokemon in the wild. These Pokemon may not appear on the map or on the Nearby Pokemon tracker.
You may be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.
- This strike will last for approximately 7 days. After this period, your gameplay experience will fully be restored.
Pokemon Go Second Strike – SUSPENSION
- If your account is issued a second strike, you will temporarily lose access to your Pokemon Go account. When attempting to log into the game, you’ll be presented with a message stating that your account is suspended.
- This strike will last for approximately 30 days. After that period, your account access will be restored.
Pokemon Go Third Strike – TERMINATION
- Failing to change your ‘style’ of playing Pokemon Go and violating Pokemon Go Terms of Service and Trainer Guidelines will lead to a permaban!
I don’t encourage players to use specific apps to spoof/cheat. As mentioned above, Niantic is very strict with their policy and the rules are there for a reason. Try not to break them and you’ll be safe!