It is official, GPS spoofing could be soon be a thing of the past! Niantic Support, the official Support twitter account for Ingress and Pokémon GO, tweeted out the following today:

Based on our sources close to Niantic, we’ve earlier reported/leaked that they are working on a set of functionalities to stop spoofing, but it is now official.

The big news here is not only that such functionality is in development, but that player reports are also taken into account. In other words, every report players make counts for something!

We’ve reached out to our “close-to-Niantic” sources and they confirmed that player reports are respected and investigated, however, there are a few problems with them currently:

  • Niantic doesn’t have automated tools to group similar reports yet
  • The team is busy with current feature development and they’re addressing more pressing support tickets
  • “Google is slowly helping out on their end” –  no further info was shared, most likely referencing the Android 7.1 update

When asked if there is a possibility of launching a community powered system for handling reports, similar to the League of Legends Tribunal, the source refused to comment directly, but hinted that there are currently no plans for such a system.

As far as the new Android security update goes, it seems that almost everyone that’s using Android 7.1 is unable to use any GPS spoofing apps, as the Android OS is now correctly highlighting apps that mock GPS.

  • Bellal Amerkhail

    Niantic will see a huge drop in players if they stop spoofers, apparently 50%+ of players spoof

    • Mikey Love

      Who gives a fuck? They ruin gameplay!!! Don’t be nervous you will get banned ? plus maybe they will start playing legit

      • Bellal Amerkhail

        Legit players are getting reported too though, i hope niantic will be able to tell the difference,

        • Mark B Apisa Jr.

          I have been reported a few times due to taking local gyms and filling it four deep with my son,daughter and wife’s accounts but it’s the only way to.combat spoofers without actually cheating

          • phminiaturas

            You know, using multiple accounts in the same device counts as cheating as well

          • Todd Labelle

            Maybe you can adopt 5-6 more kids and use their accounts too like the other cheaters. Calling it your wife’s and kid’s accounts but you using it is still cheating.

        • Josh Hack

          they can’t because of gps drift and various other things. On a holiday in the US, I got soft banned for what I can assume was a sudden location changes. They will find it hard to tell

        • johann augustine

          True.. if my legit account gets banned, that’ll be the day I quit. It takes another year to reach same level.. I’ll just find another health app to use or play…

          • Bellal Amerkhail

            a guy i know who would report spoofers nonstop and spent tons of money on coins to support the game and loved it, got banned when he used an IV calculator and candy calculator, he was never so dissapointed lol

    • GO Hub Admin

      We are very interested in your claim that 50% of players spoof.

      Can you link to the analysis house that conducted that research?

      • Mark B Apisa Jr.

        I seen a story that 20% of pogo player spoof but not 50%

      • Bellal Amerkhail

        Its nothing official tbh, i just heard it from a forum but its probably exaggerated.

      • Todd Labelle

        Not sure what real percentages are but I barely play now because of all the cheaters. I’ve met so many and they try to pitch to me how they have bots running their accounts around all day and hatching their eggs etc. For me to hatch a 10k egg I have to actually walk 10k and sometimes farther for it to actually hatch.

        I try to log in once a day at work and hit the pokestop that is by my desk and then catch one pokemon to keep my streak going just in case things change and I want to go back. I quit spending money on the game though. Why spend money on a game when I have a disadvantage because I play by the rules.

        I also no longer fight gyms. Whats the point of spending all the time and energy to take down a level 10 gym being held by one player and his multi accounts. I have noticed there aren’t as many names in numeric sequence anymore as those were easy like “Player 10” “Player11” “Player12”. I once saw a gym and all 10 players were same name and different numbers at the end.

        Now what I am seeing are players that are lighting up lures but their names are random sets of numbers and letters like an automatic password generator. I’m sorry but maybe one of two people do this but I regularly see things like “Xghed53ksver” “ht72ndtg643” “ka42mgf478qq1” . Once in a while someone might do this but in the last week alone I have seen 10-11 of those lighting up mass groups of lures together. I’m sure these must be bot accounts or something.

        • johann augustine

          Well then at just proves more legit players will play once the cheats are banned

    • Bryce Roberts

      A good portion of legit players left due to spoofers. Especially in smaller towns where there are few gyms. Though the game is not friendly to small town players but spoofers were the last nail for quite a few.

      • johann augustine

        Since that’s the reason they left, they may play again if the reason is gone..

    • johann augustine

      Then time to get rid of 50%!!

  • Abhi Jeet

    If gps spoofing stops, then also PokemonGo would be a thing of the past.????

    • NFEEFE

      I was in Hong Kong for 10 days, and all you could see is spoofing and bots, so I could not hold a gym for more than 2 minutes (max). If I was not after the 2 regionals that can be found there, then I would not even open the app. So how does actually banning cheaters hurt Pokemon Go???

      • Rillan

        it doesn’t hurt game in direct way its all about money around it. And in some situations its a good choise to ban those who spoof to fight gyms so fair players wont leave game and invest even more. But in other way it makes game even more based on luck unless they invent flying and moving by water in game otherwise that makes people to leave when they understand how much it takes to get atleast one pokemon u want to 2000+CP and finding out u need 6+ to fight gyms.

        • NFEEFE

          I am a player who has more than 10 PKMN with 3000+ CP (and only 2 of them are Dragonites), has never spoofed, has bought coins (I’ll admit it) has daily 9-11 gym defenders and has played a lot in general.

          I am also from the lucky ones who live in a city full of stops and I work in a place where I can spin 2 stops without moving. So I can play a lot.

          So from my point of view, seing a city full of Bots and spoofers made me not want to play the game. And I really believe that the game will benefit more from players like me, than people who spoof (so they hatch all their eggs with 1 incubator only) and use bots (so they collect coins without doing anything.

          PS: Why do you all want to make the game so easy to finish? Get out and play! That’s why the game was made. If you want to sit home, play the Gameboy versions (or where it is played now, I started playing as a child in PKMN blue 😛 ).

          • Rillan

            Well I don’t have Dragonite and i need to walk like 100km more to evolve my dratini into something bigger than 2000 cp. Why 2000? Cause when every gym around me has 2700+ lvl 10 it’s minimum to play around it. Also in not that lucky with place I live so it’s very good if I have 10 or 20 gold per day but usually I don’t have any. But nevermind it’s OK for since I’m tired from this game balance and it results so I’m not playing that much.
            How u managed to see bot? Spoofers can be found when they fight gyms but bots? And it’s kinda suspicious u have full city of Spoofers and u hold like 9+ defenders.

            P. S. None wants to end the game everyone wants to gather their Pokémon team and play around it. Sad thing is 90%+ players play around top 5 Pokémon that makes game boring.

          • NFEEFE

            I live in a place with little bots (I am in Greece so bots are not so well known at least outside the center) but when i went to a bigger city (Hong Kong) it was 3 o’clock in the morning (Call me Jet-lag) and all you could see was 03:00:01 – Gym owned by blue team
            03:00:03 – 3 pkmn defending gym
            03:01:00 – Gym owned by red team
            03:01:40: – Gym owned by yellow team
            and so on – never ending and never for more than 2 minutes owned by the same team.

            I really doubt that at 3 oclock in the morning there were more than 15 different names (at least the ones I wrote down) competing for 1 gym. Those were definitely bots attacking gyms and placing anything that was left on the inventory (from pidgey to blissey).

          • Rillan

            Oh, now I got it. BTW I heard Greek had bad times when crisis started how is it now? Ty

          • NFEEFE

            Not as bad as it sounds on the news, and not as good as our goverment is trying to tell us it is 😛
            Kinda like were still in “bankrupt” mode (or on life-support), we all know it, but no-one speaks about it! Everyone when they are in the goverment says that we will be “on track” soon and the same people when they lose the elections say the opposite things!
            Public Healthcare, pulic schools and public organizations are operating at 30% of their potential because of lack of new equipment (but they never really worked well so we are not sure that it is the crisis to be really put to blame), but still we are better than 2010 (i think)!

            It sound like I am making fun of it, but really you cannot look at this topic seriously anymore, no-one is really doing anything and EU and IMF are just re-doing the same thing that did not work a million times before.

          • Rillan

            Damn God how I understand u. It’s totally like in Latvia where all that government can is invest money in foreign army, cut medicine, schools, social help and only rise taxes (soon we will have biggest in Eu) and cry about how they are hurt and afraid from Russia that literally does nothing with Latvian government.

          • XZ2017

            I wrote this same message to (Rillan ) with youre writing before. Im hearing youre speaking with really heart and reasons.and i want to say you the same at Him.
            I think the World could be better with more like that. I see the thinks pinker than others but i really know if the people see all bad thinks we have on earth we should exterminated like a viral plague. But Ying Yang say in all bad things you can get shiny light and inclusive on the best person you could find little darkness soul part. We can claim, fight, change ourselves or others, or say all people isnt change nothing but i hope it is not the final of all. Because if you have security of tomorrow is coming why not have secure that world is evolving. Think your ancent lives in caves with death near to the fire and out the cave the insecurity. The world is one but we are the world, animals, nature and not all is in here yet… Im not hippy. Just one spanish more, i know im different, but all people is different every moment, think on yesterday and think in tomorrow, the gob want to say us its the same but tell me now what you really think. Im not trying change the game i want to know if people want change something. The world like the life and the game was created. Ones for people others for nature and science, who can say that its just all that we’ve got and will get?
            Hope for the future. We do it all days. Doing or not doing nothing. But this is the real truth. Pokemon its for me and entertainment of my hurtness mind knowing the truth. And if you understood me this make me little hoper. I dont know nothing more than things are easy to say. But believe that do it its really really hard. Just to say. Good people are dying every second with no water and food at the exactly same time others are wasting billions on boats and knowing others planets better than our earth oceans and living people, plants and animals senses and every day new evolves creations. Darwin says natural sellection but in humans no one says bad people survives better that big hearts.
            No solutions? No worry.
            If we can change global heat like just humans, i think we can changes things to better in others ways like feed the world or similar…
            Hope for the future. I wish your thinking better now than few days before. Be Happy ^^
            HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.
            OUR OWN FUTURE WAY… ^^
            19.04.2017 Spain to the World

          • johann augustine

            No, legits play with more variety precisely because they don’t get that perfect 100 IV 3500 cp+ dragonite.. I bring em down with my 1800 cp moonblast less than perfect clefable and loads of other goodies with ice or fairy..ever used jinx? 😉

          • XZ2017

            I really like your opinion about play old gameboy pokemon. But people with bots dont want to play their owns. The dont want have fun playing just frudtrating others. That the world we live. Waiting for months they bored. But fucxin bstard they just want to be more than others. Like people that pay to win competitions. Axxholes without goodmind. One man say to me they ban 1 we open 10 more. They dont want to really play for fun just for touch our man’s pokeballs. Just try to be happy your self with your legally finded pokemons. They never quit you that. The pray and honor of find pokemons with luck. I have a lot pokemons for free. ( i never paid nothing actually) that i hear the bot’s cant. And bots users are in panic with you arent jealousy from bots. Because i think is the same stupid thing like pay for cheat account that pokemons you never caught. They are stupid… They must to do that stupids things. And Shinys get created to fucxx them because never find with another person information or cheatt. Try get one. And do it your buddy. To jealous them and take them to hell in earth. That people with bots. Not gps that different. Same shit but at least they are playing and having fun. Bots users just want want see hate in others. Dont let get that they want. Be happy ^^

          • johann augustine

            Then they should play that game with niantic ( cheat.. ban .. cheat) until either gets bored or gives up. My bet is it won’t be niantic…

          • johann augustine

            Same here, just a couple of dragonites and an army of gyarados n Vaps. No tyranitar, just a blissey and one little snorlax n lapras. But then, it’s still enough to bring down lvl 10 gyms of botters n cheats.

      • Todd Labelle

        Are you sure it wasn’t because the population in Hong Kong is greater that there might have been that many players around? I’m just asking, I have never been in Hong Kong.

      • Josh Hack

        don’t battle a gym then.

        • johann augustine

          No we battle and no way cheaters gonna stop that.
          Gyms are NOT for cheaters Lolz.

    • CPT

      If spoofing stops, more honest players will start playing again.

      • johann augustine

        True true, we kept playing even as cheaters run amok but things will certainly get better after they’re gone. SHOO! AWAY!

  • Josh Hack

    Niantic should focus on botters mainly and spoofers who battle gyms in other locations. The rest of them only do it to comeplete the dex. I don’t even spoof, and I don’t have a problem with them. Stop whining like children

    • Revenant

      Spoken like a true butthurt spoofer. The end is coming for you soon, couch lord. Time to get up out from Mommy’s basement like the rest of us and earn your coin, you berk.

      • Josh Hack

        You misunderstood my comment. What I was saying is that everyone has the right to play a game differently, just like they have the right to dress differently. You are Just sad that people are giving themselves an in game advantage. You are pretty much a Pokemon go communist. If you want an advantage, either put money in the game like me, or get a joystick app

        • traviswrdunbar

          Actually, no. Everyone does NOT have the right to play the game differently. When you created your account, you agreed to the terms of service. This includes agreeing to NOT use cheats, hacks, bots, etc. So Niantic banning people for doing it is completely fair.

          • Todd Labelle

            well said

          • johann augustine

            True. This should be limited only to people who actually respect the terms and rules of niantic. Plus we get our money’s worth, not some scammy cheating idiots.

        • XZ2017

          Do u want to read a reply from me to the “revenant.. The boy that say you go out the basement of your mother house, that is one discussion before of this? Im really angry with him. But i dont let him to get anymore to angry me. Thats he want. But my last comment to him its really for read it and have fun with. Hehe. Please say me what you think about and if i had some grammar mistake like he said to me. Because i said to him. Should had less mouth and more brain. Thanks. Im really interested in. Because im Spanish native language. Thanks. Waiting you Reply.

      • XZ2017

        Your mommy dont love you?
        I thinks your fault. Like no speak with emphathy to others. Some people have terminal diseases on Hospital. Not me.
        But they dont have laws to spoof and play PokemonGo or what they want????
        Next time less mouth, and more brain and heart.
        Bye and really True…. Be Happy!! ^^
        From Spain to the World with Love.

        • Revenant

          Next time learn proper sentence structure and grammar before you suggest “more brain” you imbecile. I can’t even understand what the fuck you are talking about. Spoofer scum!!!

          • XZ2017

            You dont understood my sentence because you have a really tiny brain that is doing ecco.. in your big bastard Head. For good understander, its Not difficult sentences to understand. I would like see you speaking my native language(Spanish) i know how to speak also French. You know what is speaks others languages? Or just know how lick assholes with your tongue. Tell your uncle why fuxx with his sister that is ur mom. Your really a son of familybrothers in blood line. Try to search your tiny pennis and touch it like a monkey with bad genes. Dont touch your Keyboard never again. Do you like my grammar motherfuxxer? Dont let me to be more impolite than you. Next time work in your comments. Fuxxing idiot with TOO MOUTH AND TINY BRAIN.
            BYE BYE…

          • Josh Hack

            Well you showed him

          • Revenant

            You’re bragging about being Bi-lingual? LOL. I don’t think they should let Goat Fuckers like you on the internet. Tu Madre chupa pollas negras peludas

          • XZ2017

            You still should working to get harder your comments than your bonehead. Youre the goat fuckr, remember youre an indian with spanish culture. So sorry for that. If we know the conquer will get people like you thas are totally impolite and close-minded. We should lets you dissapear like incas that go to the mountains ang get autist without food and killing people for God. That let them to die like animals that go to swim across ocean believing on God cares. Try to change your mind and should be smarter and happy, shouldnt going in troubles with just pokemons fans because your boring life isnt enough. Bye and remember dont write with your assmind, your heart gonna die if you dont use it

          • Revenant

            Your fantasies are beautiful, but unlikely. Much like your dreams of becoming a productive member of the human race, they are just that, unobtainable dreams. You are a disappointment to not only your family, but your people. Go back to your barn and practice making love to your goats and pigs.

          • XZ2017

            I like that you think i have lands ands animales to care. I know you want to fuxx goats, its your dream. I know. But i live un a Big city, and i never seen a pig, just on tv, before than i know you, and your pig profile.
            But if you want a goat go Machupichu. Fuck her and after cut your neck for your gods. Remember i say your neck. Dont be an asshole killing the goat she have enough just smelling your ugly tiny thing. Probable she got pee on your nolive body and after jump down mountain to erase her hurtness mind.. you should recognise you’re more animal than real animals.

          • Revenant

            You live in a big city with big sheep, big pussy and well hung men. Suck on the big halal kabob.

          • Daniel

            Fuck you asshole you are shit.

          • Revenant

            Pinche Puto

    • XZ2017

      I really agree and happy with your comment. That the way. I never spoof but think the same its nots hurting anyone its not bad enough to ban them. I liked your opinion too much its has been intelligent moderated and useful. Please write more like that. From Spain with ( Pokemons ) Love. Just a Month user but too happy for be of this Community. ^^

      • Josh Hack

        Thanks for replying so nicely!

        • XZ2017

          Thanks to you.
          You make me write that ^^

          • Josh Hack

            People like you make me enjoy this game so much More than I already do

          • XZ2017

            Thinking the same about you. Hoping the world with Soul thinks. Never give up. ^^

          • Josh Hack

            Oh I won’t, trust me. ^^

      • Danyella Burgess

        How is it fair for me & friends to take down a gym, only to have some f’ing spoofer sneak in & take one of our spots we worked so hard for, when spoofer WAS NOT even there at said gym? If you’ve been playing since POGO started or are a legit player, how is this fair?

    • Alvaro Chuquiure

      I don’t really mind the spoofing either but if trades and pvp is coming it should be dealt with.

  • Terry Lee Sheppard

    I wish Niantic would focus on bringing better content to the game than worrying about cheating….

    • Roger Johnstone

      I wish people would quit CHEATING and play the game the way you’re supposed to.

      • Rillan

        Its all about being like Ash or like Garry. Based on pokemon world Ash is a complete idiot, failure and so on, has nothing, but for some reason is shown how everyone should be. And there is Garry who is smart, brave,uses car, money, pokemons literally everything that can help him succeed and finaly succeeds. In pokemon go fair players are like Ash, cheaters are like Garry. So dont tell me stories about someone has to play like supposed to be. U dont have to live like someone wants u to. There is always choise.

        • Todd Labelle

          I guess you just hit agree and never read the Terms and Conditions.

          I find it fascinating how many people are defending cheating so strongly. It really shows who are cheaters very clearly.

          You must have a sad pathetic life if you have to cheat in a game like Pokemon Go.

          • Rillan

            Well I’m no cheating, if u don’t agree or can’t imagine that someone doesn’t cheat and defends those who cheat then here is my nickname in game Rillan2k, write to Niantic that I’m damn cheater or whatever u want in description. Let’s find out will they ban me or not.
            And it shows nothing, it makes this people suspicious but nothing more. But can’t say that about u, your attitude clearly says u are idiot that sees world in black and white colors. Where white are those who is on your side and black are everyone else.

          • Todd Labelle

            Let me guess, in life you feel a crime isn’t a crime unless you get caught?

            I’ve played many multi person games and I always find it fascinating how many people feel the need to cheat. Maybe you don’t and maybe you do, for now only you know the truth on that.

            As far as there being only black and white… Yeah when it comes to what you agreed to in the T&C when you signed up it is pretty much spelled out right there for you in black and white.

            So this has nothing to do about my side or your side. We all technically signed a legally binding contract when we agreed to the Terms and Conditions. When you do something that is against what is permitted then you are in breach of contract and should be banned. If you can’t handle it then next time don’t agree to the T&C, although then you wouldn’t be allowed to play.

            It’s not rocket science.

          • XZ2017

            Totally agree but your not a rocket scientist too take all hands of life. More difficult than black and white. What can do terminal diseases childrens and siberian russian or similar. It would be two worlds like in gta. One for legal play, and others in others fake universes for cheats and mods… What you think about?
            Be happy^^

          • Todd Labelle

            Hey if you feel the only way you can succeed in Pokemon Go is to cheat then by all means cheat all you want but when you get banned don’t go crying about it. Meanwhile the legit players that do not feel the need to cheat and try to play it the way the developers created it will continue playing and laugh at all the wasted time and money those that got banned wasted.

          • XZ2017

            Youre stupid and its my last comment to you. I never cheat and i’ll never do it. Im laughing of your small brain. And here the only one is crying is your soul that cant speak wth you to say that youre being like a fxxin bstrd. Try to think in terminal diseases children in hospitals that like pokemon too much and want to play not just see ever same map. And now try to be a best person for world and no hurt anymore cause you havent got brain enough too think all hands of life. Try to be happy for future and no wish anyone cry more than you. Be a good person or shut up. Thanks for read. Bye
            Be Happy!! ^^

          • Todd Labelle

            Ok thank you for your opinion

          • XZ2017

            Thank you for understand it.
            I dont have nothing against you. Bye. Be Happy

          • johann augustine

            Yea cry a river when u get banned, but if you wanna play that game with niantic, then go on. We can just pay niantic to keep banning as well to keep you botters/ cheaters occupied for years.

          • Todd Labelle

            I’m a bit confused with your remarks. Are you telling me to cry a river when I get banned? Or are you backing me up when I am telling the cheaters to cry when they get banned?

          • johann augustine

            Lol.. I’m with you there buddy..

          • johann augustine

            They don’t have to play “Go”. They can play something else not AR and certainly not in violation of Terms and Conditions.

          • Rillan

            I just opened terns of use Pokemon Go and read it again. There literally nothing is said that u can’t cheat especially spoof. Don’t trust me? Then read it by yourself and it has nothing with crimes

          • Todd Labelle

            Yes I read the Terms and Conditions and in it it says you must also go read the Trainer Guidelines. In the Trainer Guidelines there is a NO CHEATING section.

            Pokémon GO Terms of Service

            Last Updated: July 1, 2016

            Welcome to the Pokémon GO video game services, which are accessible via the Niantic, Inc. (“Niantic”) mobile device application (the “App”). To make these Pokémon GO Terms of Service (the “Terms”) easier to read, our video game services, the App, and our websites located at http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com and http://www.pokemongolive.com (the “Site”) are collectively called the “Services.” Please read carefully these Terms, our Trainer Guidelines, and our Privacy Policy, because they govern your use of our Services.

            Here is the section from the Trainer Guidelines:

            No cheating.

            Don’t do it. Play fair. Pokémon GO is meant to be played on a
            mobile device and get you outside to explore your world! Methods of
            cheating, unfortunately, are limited only by cheaters’ imaginations, but
            include at a minimum the following: using modified or unofficial
            software; playing with multiple accounts (one account per player,
            please); sharing accounts; using tools or techniques to alter or falsify
            your location; or selling/trading accounts.

          • Rillan

            Ok u got me here. Im wrong. Then do u have any thoughts about is it possible to make people stop cheating ? I already told someone what Niantic should invent in game so spoofing gyms will be pointless otherwise it will never end. Whats about u ? Any ideas ?

          • Todd Labelle

            Unfortunately in this game and others I play no matter what happens there will always be cheaters. It’s up to the developers to create algorithms or separate apps to try and catch them. And every time they come up with one way to catch cheaters someone will find another way to cheat.

            What I have found in games that get so rampant with cheaters, is when the developers do start cracking down and ban a whole bunch of cheaters and bot accounts, those that are left tend to enjoy the game more.

          • Rillan

            Well i never heard developers really banned someone on their Wave Bans, its more about banning fake acc or any other inapropriate or walking bots. Cheating problem can be solved but unfortunately Game i very based on place u live, but all world cities are different and if people in big cities can get everything nearby and nest are a lot bigger there, those who live in smaller once are very restricted in their options unless they spend money to travel over world. Niantic should look on other game experiences for exmpl like World of warcraft or League of legends. Both games are about gathering and PVP, in both games everyone is equal and its all about skill and very litlle luck.
            Spoofing gyms can be solved by changing reward from coins to experience, so it will be very interesting for those who isnt lvl 40. And for those who has lvl 40 there shouldnt be any reward so they wont put all 3300+ pokemon that will allow others to play. Instead so noone would be bored they could invent quests in game. I think 3 per 24 hours with 1 quest change option would be enough. Reward should be something between 30 coins up to 100.
            For example:
            Catch 10 dark type pokemon – get 10 coins
            Catch very rare pokemon – get 50 coins
            Walk 5km – get 20 coins.
            Overall its 80 coins prize thats isnt that hard to get.
            By doing that noone would care do others spoof or not. And game will be more enjoyable.
            Only problem making getting coins easier will lower $ Niantic gets (i think so, might be im wrong) so its all about money. Are they going to solve cheating problem or not.

          • Todd Labelle

            I do like the suggestion of the changes of rewards in the gym. Maybe by not rewarding the gym with coins will force more players wanting coins to spend more money which is a win for Niantic too.

            For those that have multiple accounts, in other games I have had they get all accounts banned and then there is a platform for them to talk to the developers where they usually get to choose one account to get unbanned. It might be suspended for a bit though so it is like a warning and punishment. then if they get caught again the suspension is longer and third time is permanent ban.

            Sometimes people read something on a message board and try it and don’t really realize they are cheating so I like the warning or warning with a short ban on first offense.

            The problem with this is then Niantic needs to divert resources to dealing with the bans and warnings.

          • johann augustine

            No.. niantic will milk spoofers n botters of all their $ to extent possible then ban them.. laughing all the way to the bank…

            That being said, niantic is already rich n can keep this up for years to come…

          • johann augustine

            True, I’m gonna keep playing legit and pay with my one account as long as niantic keeps up the bans. Cheaters will always cheat but niantic should at least put the effort to sweep em clean regularlyuntil they give up or do something else. People will play n pay if they see value in doing so, and that’s for niantic to prove. Niantics already fully funded and can sustain this for years if done right..

          • Todd Labelle

            I just hope they ban more. I am looking forward to reading all over the web when thousands and thousands of people cry because they got banned while us legit players still play and post our successes.

          • XZ2017

            I just say the same to todd labelle. He just know to accuse people of cheaters. Is stupd or somthing more. But not everybody can have full brain use i think. I say to him 2 or 3 truth of him and his axxhole. Hehehe ^^

          • XZ2017

            U should read comments before speak ur really sad pathetic life is the one that never think in others thats not are you are your asshole. In this world we had a lot of things not all appear bad is bad and oppositte the same. Bye never say thinks to general. Just to the mayoritarie cheaters and bots…
            Try to be happy. Bye

          • Todd Labelle

            I apologize as I don’t fully understand what you are trying to say. You have the right to your opinion though. thank you.

          • XZ2017

            I tried to say this world not have general opinions just is the most thinked but not the same for all never in nothing. All thinks have the opposite and not had to be a mistaken think. Just too hands of a coins. Not bad is all in totally bad and the opposite. Near like Ying Yang thinking..
            Hope you like it.
            Be happy.

          • Terry Lee Sheppard

            as sad and pathetic as whining about cheaters in a video game…..

          • Josh Hack

            what Niantic shouldn’t do is ban the spoofers all together. They should sue or shut down the cheating software, like they did with the trackers. This way, people won’t be too annoyed that they got banned, they will just have to play normally

          • johann augustine

            Yes, here’s to spoofers and botters finally giving up or playing legitimately… or not ..

    • Josh Hack

      True

    • Heydavid17

      What? No! Cheating has to go away first, then us legit players can enjoy the game and all the good things that will come afterwards.

      • johann augustine

        True true

    • Todd Labelle

      Hahaha that sounds like words from someone who cheats

    • johann augustine

      niantic should ONLY bring more features after they get rid of ALL cheaters.

  • Todd Labelle

    If they do mass bans it would be cool if they had a pillory so we could see allt he banned accounts or even just share number data to know how many players got instantly banned.

    • Josh Hack

      They shouldn’t ban spoofers, just sue TuTuHelper

      • Todd Labelle

        It’s the guys that play with a handful of accounts so they can dominate gyms by themselves that make gyms battles lame. Also, those that spoof their locations. The idea behind the game was to get people to go out and interact with each other and their environment. When people sit in their house or office and roam around with some GPS manipulating app, it takes away from the game.

        It’s kind of like when Tom Brady and the Patriots were deflating the footballs so they could cheat against the Colts. Cheating is cheating.

        Why would they sue a third party app developer? TuTuHelper developers didn’t put their app on people’s phones. The people chose to use cheats.

  • Rillan

    Well if this anti-spoofing tool will work like Android 6 upgrade. Then its garbage cause i tested Spoofing on android and it still works.

  • LadyLol

    There are so many games people can play sitting on their couch with a joystick. Better games than Pokémon Go. Why don’t cheaters play those games? Honestly Pokémon Go is rather boring unless you get outside and play it the way it’s supposed to be played.

  • Soofinonya

    If they ban spoofing they will kill the game it’s already half dead anyway

    • johann augustine

      Even if 1% play and all are legit, niantic can go on. These 1% can pay, and certainly niantic has so much money it can develop for years.

      Once bots n cheats are gone, more legits will pay n play

  • Harry Wetzel

    Lol, the gym system sucks. Niantic and probably the rest of you have not figured it out. I am team valor and a good friend of mine is mystic, under a lucky egg we trade the gym back and forth for the double exp, way easier than wasting time catching pidgeys. When combined with spoofing with a bot, the can make a sellable account (lvl 30) in a day. Without constant new content niantic will not be able to retain money players like myself (50 a week) and others who quit during gen1 wont be back because some of those mons are impossible to find/hatch now

    • johann augustine

      Niantic is already fully funded for years and us legits can pay to sustain it some more. Better content could come once cheaters and fake accounts are gone, so niantic should keep up the bans and make it regular so botters will find it more difficult or wearysome to keep cheating

  • traviswrdunbar

    I am not as experienced with computers and the like as I should be by now, but wouldn’t a simple checksum (I think that is what its called) work to stop at least the biggest spoofing issue?
    You attempt a login with the app, it sends a version number and file size to the server. If both don’t match, login refused. The version number of course, to have people keep their game updated, as they should anyway, and the file size because, if someone has modified it to add say a gui joystick, it won’t be the proper size for the app.

  • Richard

    Initially cheaters were saying these tools were helping them enjoy the game. They wouldn’t use it for an unfair advantage like battling gyms. Scouts honor. They weren’t hurting anyone right? Then after they completed the dex, got a dozen maxed out Dragonites, Snorlax, and other high CP pokemon they spoofed the gyms because 100 coins and 5000 stardust everyday. You guys keep making excuses for cheaters and making it seem that they wouldn’t negatively affect gameplay. No one cares how they complete their dex, we’re concerned because if you give access to cheating, cheaters will take advantage of the competitive aspect. That’s why they should end it.

    • johann augustine

      Solution, BAN BAN BAN.

  • Wendell D’souza

    Spent 2 months of college walking with my phone where every dumb ass had a Dragonite and I was happy with my 1000 CP Aerodactyl from a 10 km egg. So I stopped playing. A day days ago I installed it again but this time I went for the joystick. I played for 4-5 before uninstalling again because I spent hours stupidly walking at a train station just to try to be comparable with my then spoofer friend and see I was able to spoof in seconds.
    I think it would be fun if the put their anti spoofing mechanism together and just make random appearances everywhere. It’s a pain when you know walking will only give you Rattata or Pidgey or Weedle 80% of the time if you’re stupid enough to play in a city lol. And just need to make sure that their measures actually work, but everyone already has a Dragonite and tyranitar and every pokemon in the top 10%. And they need to improve a lot of them that are gathering dust

    Spoiler- Revenant is not really abusive, he’s having a hard time because he won’t be able to spoof for a few days once the update comes till someone cracks the code to work that around.

    • johann augustine

      Take heart bro.. my vaps n clefables make mincemeat of their perfect dragonites.. I am seeing a bit less of them too maybe be cuz of bans so it’s all good.. would be awesome if they’re all gone.

  • XZ2017

    Dont let people get the apk version or to get down pokemongo for pc.
    If people Just could down the only one Official version, like at the banks apps, it will be solved. Totally closed to be modified by anyone, inclusive Niantic too, just Guests getting down from Store, the newest Niantic officially modified versions, could it be the solution to the cheaters problem??