One of the most popular augmented reality games from last year, Pokemon GO, has been updated with new features to counter players using cheats to get ahead in the game by shadowbanning them from the game.
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Niantic has taken a different route when it comes to banning players as instead of banning players from the game, they’re putting a silent shadowban.
This means that any player who has been found using third party cheats will not be able to find rare Pokemon and will rather be bombarded with standard Pokemon’s which players already have in abundance.
“We’re committed to maintaining the state of Pokemon GO and our community of trainers. People who violate the Pokemon GO Terms of Service may have their gameplay affected and may not be able to see all the Pokemon around them,” Niantic’s official responded.
So, in short, players who are being shadowbanned will not see the same range of Pokemon as the other trainers at a specific location.
Although Niantic has finally started cracking down on people using cheats with Pokemon GO, they’re not doling out any details regarding the shadowban system, lest players might find a workaround it.
“While we cannot discuss the systems implemented, we can confirm that we are constantly refining new ways to ensure the integrity of the game in order to keep it fun and fair for all trainers,” the official statement adds.
And you cannot really blame Niantic for the same as they’re trying to hide information from the same people who used third party software to circumvent Niantic’s system for their benefit.
Catching rare Pokemon’s is the glorious part of the whole gaming experience and since Shadowbanning is going to affect that, it’s very likely that people take a step back and uninstall third-party cheat software — as can be seen here.
Since Shadowbanning essentially keeps the trainer inside the game and doesn’t kick them out completely, it’s also likely that the shadowbanned users are allowed full access to the game if they stop cheating or after a few weeks/months.