Pokemon Go developer Niantic has an ingenious way of dealing with cheats
Pokemon Go developer Niantic has an ingenious new way of dealing with cheats.
In an update to how the game deals with cheaters, players using bots and scanners to find the best Pokemon are being flagged by Niantic.
Pokemon Go users with flagged accounts are then only able to see common Pokemon like Pidgeys and Rattatas.
"As bot accounts (which power 'scanners') are being flagged, some scanners are only able to show common species," reads a Silph Road blog post. "Others have shut down temporarily, pending a workaround to the anti-botting measures, to preserve their accounts from being shadowbanned.
"But many are still operation, as not all bot accounts are being flagged.
"Bot operators can simply create new accounts (though this can cost time or even money from black-market vendors) to keep things operational for now. Though notably, even many of these brand new bot accounts are being flagged."
With Legendary Pokemon reportedly coming to the game in the coming months, measures to counter cheats are becoming increasingly essential.
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The news comes just one day after the release of new Pokemon Go rival Magikarp Jump on iOS and Android.
The latest release from the Pokemon Company is a bizarre new game in which players catch Magikarp and train them to jump the highest.
Here's how the Pokemon Company describes it: "What is this world coming to?! It's a Pokemon game all about the weakest Pokemon ever – Magikarp! Anyone can play this simple game in their spare time to create the most majestic Magikarp ever in this official Pokemon app!"
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Magikarp Jump players must first catch a Pokemon, before tapping the screen to feed it food and then completing training routines to increase its power.
It even features appearances from Pikachu and Piplup.
You can check out Magikarp Jump images in the gallery above.