In a blog post, Niantic explained a new three-strike policy for Pokemon GO cheaters.
The policy explains that players who cheat will receive a few punishments that will be gradually increasing in severity.
Via the three-strike system, Pokemon GO cheaters will first receive a warning that also comes with a downgraded gameplay experience.
- You may not be able to encounter rare Pokémon in the wild. These Pokemon may not appear on the map or the Nearby Pokémon tracker.
- You may be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.
What happens with each strike
The first strike will last for seven days, after which gameplay will return to its normal form.
After a second strike, on the other hand, Niantic takes things to the next level. Users will lose their access to their Pokemon GO account for 30 days, unable to access any portion of the game:
“If your account is issued a second strike, you will temporarily lose access to your Pokémon GO account. When attempting to log into the game, you’ll be presented with a message stating that your account is suspended. You will not be able to bypass this message,” Niantic says.
A third strike will trigger a complete ban on your Pokemon GO account.
Niantic says that there is an appeals policy as well, but its detection is highly accurate which means that just a few terminations are ever overturned.
“For the purposes of this policy, we define cheating as behaviors that violate the Pokémon GO Terms of Service and Trainer Guidelines, such as falsifying location (GPS location spoofing) and accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner, including through the use of third-party software or add-ons,” according to Niantic.
You can read the complete Pokemon GO cheating policy on Niantic website here just to make sure you understand everything.