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PokeVision Is No More, And That’s Just The Start From Niantic Games [UPDATED]
Players using unofficial Pokemon Go tracking services such as Pokevision and Pokewhere may have to start playing the game like everyone else, as Niantic plans to cut off the creature-finding apps in the very near future.
Pokevision, an online service that lets players track Pokemon at specific locations in real-time (as well as how long they’ll be around for before despawning), seems to be the latest casualty and has been down all day. Players trying to use the site are met with the message “Our services are currently unavailable – please visit our Twitter for updates” and, upon visiting the Pokevision twitter account, will see the following Tweet:
Needless to say fans are not happy with the decision, and it appears to have happened at the worst possible time: Niantic recently released an update for Pokemon Go which fixes the 3-step Pokemon tracking glitch by simply removing it. Without in-game tracking, and the unofficial tracking apps closing business, players are left wandering around in a vain attempt to find anything. It’s not all complaints, however: some players are praising the new update, saying that it gives people a reason to explore more, and that it’s closer to how the previous Pokemon titles were played.
John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs, hinted previously that certain tracking services may be shut down as they violate the Pokemon Go terms of service. In an interview with Forbes he said:
F: How do you feel about Poké Radar and things that tap into the code and show where Pokémon are spawning?
JH: Yeah, I don’t really like that. Not a fan.
We have priorities right now but they might find in the future that those things may not work. People are only hurting themselves because it takes some fun out of the game. People are hacking around trying to take data out of our system and that’s against our terms of service.
Pokevision isn’t the only tracking site to shut down in recent days either. Another site, called Pokehound, allowed players to track whatever was around them on maps. That was until the site closed down, their Twitter account was deleted and they posted a single image, apparently sent to them by Niantic as a cease and desist letter.
At the moment Pokeradar and Pokewhere are still up and running, but it’s unclear for how long or who will shut down next. One thing is for certain though: Pokemon Go players had better get used to life without trackers, because soon you’ll be playing just like the rest of us.
As of 3rd August 2016, PokeRadar is still working for those in desperate need of a Pokemon tracker. It is currently available via webapp and on the iOS store, and is set to have an Android release soon (the APK is currently available online, but haven’t we learned out lessons with downloading APK files before the release…?)
Pokemon tracking apps: cheating or a legitimate way to enhance gameplay? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.