Niantic Labs Banned Over One Million Cheaters In One Year

Cheaters are a real plague for online gaming. Niantic Labs, publisher of Pokémon GO, Ingress and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, who rarely speaks on this subject to avoid giving something to grind to fraudsters, has just revealed through a blog post the efforts put in place to counter free riders.

Since early 2020, some five million players have been punished for cheating on one of its three flagship titles. Of those five million cheaters, one million players have been permanently banned. Yet the publisher’s warnings to cheaters caught up in the bag seem to work: 90% of those who received their first warning have stopped cheating. And the firm intends to further strengthen its ability to detect fraudsters by investing in new technologies, by expanding its team, but also by adjusting its detection methods, in particular based on reports sent by players, to limit false positives.

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In Ingress’s case, Niantic Labs implemented a quick process to allow players who suspect another player is cheating to request manual intervention from Niantic to incapacitate the wrongdoer.

Niantic ends his post with a useful reminder: the publisher does not support jailbroken or rooted devices and invites players to install only official versions of its games available on the Google Play Store, the App Store of ‘Apple or the Samsung Galaxy Store.

Source: Niantic Labs

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