Developer Niantic, have once again began to dish out punishments to cheating players of Pokémon Go. Previously, Niantic had banned players who were spoofing their GPS positions in order to locate and collect different and rare Pokémon.
In a Reddit post, a representative of Niantic revealed that from this Tuesday (20/06/17) Pokémon caught using third party apps will be denoted with a red slash and “may not behave as expected.” Reddit user ‘stanxv’ commented on this quote saying “May not behave as expected = your moves will permanently become Splash/Struggle.”
Continuing, ‘NianticGeorge’ said: “This is one small part of our continued commitment to maintaining the integrity of our community and delivering an amazing Pokémon GO experience.”
One of the last times Niantic cracked down on cheaters, the game would reportedly shadowban users who were flagged for using third party tracking apps and hide the rare spawns from them meaning that they can now only catch the very common Pokémon.
The new security measures are part of a large update that has begun rolling out for the game. Features that are being added include a reworked Gym system, Raid Battles, and adding certain legendary Pokémon. In addition to this, a range of live and in-game events are scheduled to run throughout the summer to commemorate Pokémon Go’s first anniversary.