Niantic Has Punished 5 Million+ Pokemon Go, Ingress, & Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Players

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Niantic has posted a new blog article to inform its gaming community about its anti-cheat efforts. The company, the blog states, doesn’t talk a lot about its anti-cheat efforts in order to keep information about detection mechanisms out of the hands of those who cheat the game. However, developers thought players might like to know that there are lots of things going on behind the scenes to keep Pokemon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite fair and as cheat-free as possible.

To that end, here are a few interesting facts:

  • Over 5,000,000 cheaters have been “punished” in Pokemon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite since early 2020.
  • 20% of those punishments have become permanent bans.
  • 90% of users warned about cheating stopped those activities after the first warning.
  • New and emerging technologies are being utilized constantly in an effort to improve detection and enforcement.
  • Existing detection methods are constantly being tweaked to “ensure we are accurately detecting cheaters and minimizing false positives.
  • The company is working to leverage its communities to “ensure our games remain fair”.

We are committed to ensuring fair gameplay across our game portfolio. Every day newer forms of cheating or spoofing tools are made available on the internet, and we are continuously working to combat these cheaters and focus on improving our detection and enforcement; as they have no place in our games.

Check out the full post on the Pokemon Go / Niantic official site.

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Suzie is an avid gamer and has been since 1995. She lives in the desert with her own personal minion while dreaming of pixel worlds beyond Earth.

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