Niantic has reportedly introduced a new anti-cheat measure in Pokémon Go that prevents flagged accounts from encountering rare Pokémon.
According to Pokémon Go Hub, this new server-side security measure targets accounts that have previously been caught using third party trackers and prevents them from seeing rare Pokémon spawns in the scanned area. However, the site adds that this block can be countered by creating a new account.
In statement sent to Polygon, developer Niantic didn’t confirm that the measure is now in place, but did say that it is constantly combating cheaters.
“Niantic is committed to maintaining the state of Pokémon GO and our community of Trainers,” a representative said. “People who violate the Pokémon GO Terms of Service(including by using third party software and other cheats) may have their gameplay affected and may not be able to see all the Pokémon around them. 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 players.”
Pokémon Go is available now as a free download on iOS and Android devices.