Niantic has initiated action to ban more than 500K accounts who were found to be using cheating apps in Pokémon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The ban will more specifically target players who are using third-party apps and spoofing software like PokeGo ++ and iTools. Both of these are spoofing software that helps a user to set coordinates, teleport and check Pokemon IVs.
Here is what the official blog post reads about the new policy updates changes:
Keeping our Games Fun and Fair – Important Policy Updates
As a part of our ongoing commitment to keeping our games fun and promoting fair gameplay, we’d like to share an update on some of our recent efforts to stop and prevent cheating in our games:
We’ll be expanding the Three Strikes Discipline Policy from Pokémon GO to our other games to ensure a fun and fair gameplay experience. This includes the recently launched Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
We’ve improved the detection of rooted and jailbroken devices to curb bad actors from sideloading cheating apps or modified versions of our apps. As a reminder, our games will fail to run on devices that have compromised root access.
We’ve identified and initiated action against more than 500K accounts who were found to be using cheating apps in Pokémon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
We banned 22K Ingress accounts that were found to be supporting and participating in the illicit trade of in-game items.
Please be sure to only use official versions of our apps, available via the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store, and the Samsung Galaxy Store. Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported and using a modified device could put your account at risk of suspension.
For more information, you can refer to the Supported Devices articles on our Ingress, Pokémon GO, or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Help Centers.
We are grateful to everyone who has done their part to support fair gameplay by reporting inappropriate gameplay via our support channels. Thanks for your cooperation in promoting a fair and healthy experience for all of our players.
—The Niantic team
For more information, including what to do if your account gets suspended by mistake, you can check out the official Niantic blog post here.
Pokemon Go Types of Ban
Strike 1: Warning
If this strike is issued, you will see a warning message within the Pokémon GO app informing you that we have detected cheating on your account.
In addition to this warning, your gameplay experience may be degraded in the following ways for the duration of the warning:
You may not be able to encounter rare Pokémon in the wild. These Pokémon may not appear on the map or on the Nearby Pokémon tracker.
You may be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.
This strike will last for approximately 7 days. After this period, your gameplay experience will be fully restored.
Strike 2: Suspension
If your account is issued a second strike, you will temporarily lose access to your Pokémon GO account. When attempting to log into the game, you’ll be presented with a message stating that your account is suspended. You will not be able to bypass this message.
This strike will last for approximately 30 days. After that period, your account access will be restored.
Strike 3: Termination
If you receive the first and second strikes and continue to cheat, your account will be permanently banned.
Soft Ban usually takes place when there is suspicion of speed or catching too many Pokemon.
The soft ban may disable the user’s ability to catch the Pokemon and spin Pokestops.
Pokemon Go Spoofing
Pokemon Go spoofing has always been a controversial topic for the game. A high ratio of Pokemon Go players opposes this cheating or spoofing. But it is still popular with many users as the subreddit of Pokemon GO spoofer has thousands of subscribers.