New Three-Strike Policy Announced For Cheaters In Pokemon GO



The company behind Pokemon Go, Niantic, has just announced new measures with which they will combat cheating in their mobile game.

This three-strike system will deal out a number of disciplinary actions to the cheaters that will increase in severity with each successive strike in an effort to dissuade them from cheating and give them a chance to reform their ways. Failure to do so will cause them to be permanently banned from the Pokemon Go, in accordance with the game’s Terms of Service.

Niantic also clarifies that any behavior that violates Pokemon GO’s Terms of Service and Trainer Guidelines, is officially defined as cheating.

The three-strikes are as seen below:

Strike 1: Warning

If this strike is issued, players will get a warning in the Pokémon GO app informing them cheating has been detected on their account. They may not be able to encounter rare Pokemon in the wild, and may also be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.

Duration:  This strike will last for a total of 7 days.

Strike 2: Suspension

If a player is issued a second strike, they will temporarily lose access to their Pokémon GO account without a prior warning. When attempting to log into the game, players will see a message telling them that their account has been suspended.

Duration: This strike will last for a total of 30 days.

Strike 3: Termination

If players have previously received the first and second strikes and still continue to cheat, their account will be permanently banned from the game

Duration: The ban is Permanent

If players believe that an error has contributed to the termination of the account, they may apply to appeal the termination, and an investigation will then be conducted into the account.

You can read up further on the Three-Strike Policy over at Niantic’s official blog post.


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