This morning is going to be a sad morning for Pokémon GO players. We’ve received a number of confirmations that in addition to the recent ban wave Niantic sent Cease and Desist Letters to large scale Pokémon scanner apps.

We are still trying to verify everyone who got the letter, but at this point, Pokémap is the only scanner app that publicly confirmed that they’re shutting down due to a Cease and Desist Letter.

A cease and desist letter is a document sent to an individual or business to halt purportedly illegal activity (“cease“) and not take it up again later (“desist“).

In addition to Niantic, The Pokémon Company is requesting removal of all Pokémon imagery from scanner apps on terms of copyright infringement. This move comes as a surprise, as Pokémon imagery is often used on fan sites without any legal problems. It remains to be seen what’s the end result of these claims.

As for Pokémap, they’re shutting down for good. Or at least until Niantic releases a public API, which is highly unlikely. This is what they wrote on their official website, shortly after they received the letter in question:

Every Good Thing Must Come To An End – Pokemap closes its doors

As a lot of are users might have noticed, we have recently changed a bit of the images on the website and social media accounts. Along with the removal of the download link on the website. It comes with a heavy heart that we must inform everyone that on Friday January 20th 2017, the Pokemap team received a Cease and Desist Letter from The Pokemon Company International, Inc together with their partners and affiliates, including Niantic, Inc.

This Cease and Desist Letter included the request to remove The Pokemon Company International, Inc copyrighted images. We have complied with that request. Along with the copyrighted images, our Pokemon Go license was revoked and we were told not to access Niantic’s servers. Due to recent cases in the US, if we access Niantic’s servers or create an program that others can run that can access Niantic’s servers even if those users have a valid Pokemon Go license, we would be accessing Niantic’s servers unauthorized. So we must comply with the Cease and Desist Letter and not access the Pokemon Go servers.

With this information and the Cease and Desist Letter, we regret to inform all our loyal fans that we are closing down Pokemap. Currently we are trying to make a deal with The Pokemon Company International, Inc to allow us to continue developing Pokemap. But the chances of a deal coming through is slim.

We would like to take the time to thank everyone for their support. It certainly meant a lot to the development team that you had more fun in Pokemon Go due to Pokemap. We had some good times and some bad times. We know our app brought a lot of people back to Pokemon Go and kept them active.

So thank you for your support. We hope to be back soon, but till then goodbye and thank you.

The Pokemap Team. PS. If Niantic releases a public API, we will come back.

  • Cindy Bothe

    Right on! Have never tried to access this site because in my opinion, it would be cheating! If you didn’t have permission to access and use them shame on you.
    I’ve played Pokémon Go by the rules set by Nitanic. Its not a hard game, its a fun family involved game that allows good quality time outside finding a common interest.
    Do you really need a cheat for that??

    • Ominous Snake (Lake)

      If your idea of “fun” is roaming around a rural village for an hour finding Pidgey and Ratata, then yes. You do need cheats to have fun. We have only one pokestop, so we have a limited amount of pokeballs and it’s not like these trackers catch them for you, you still need to go there, check the CP and catch it. It is always exciting finding something on a map, then getting everyone together to go after it, because anything different is a rarity to us.

    • Derek Hollingshead

      What about disabled people that can leave the house asshole? What? They ain’t suppose to play Pokemon Go then?

      As most people may not know. These third party apps were created at the request of people with mobility disabilities, so they could also enjoy playing Pokemon Go.

      Congratulations on being today’s asshole.

    • Derek Hollingshead

      It’s particularly hard to play Pokemon Go, outside in a wheelchair, in 6″ of snow…

      Stop being so selfish by referring to all players who use these programs as cheaters. Remove your uneducated post.

      You’re actually so narrow minded.

  • CR7

    Really disgraceful behaviour from Niantic. They refuse to provide a working tracking map, but keep shutting down all developers who do so.

  • Fearless

    Wow, this is a game, and everyone has their opinion but no one here created the game, call niantic assholes for not creating the game for disabled people not the players!!! You guys are the ignorant ones, think before you cuss someone out in public you dumbshits!!!!