Pokémon GO developer Niantic Labs is dropping the ban hammer, threatening permanent bans for anyone who violates the game’s terms of service — specifically GPS spoofing, bots, and other third-party software that may allow players an unfair advantage by working around Niantic’s design parameters.
The developer of the wildly popular mobile game issued a notice on the website regarding bans and appeals, stating that player scan be banned for actions such as “falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software.
“Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone. We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimization and fine tuning of our anti-cheat system,” the statement continues.
At this point, it’s unclear exactly how Niantic is detecting cheaters and those using GPS spoofers, emulators, bots, or other hacks.
That being said, if you’ve been banned, and believe it’s an error or mistake, you can submit a ban appeal through this form.