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Some Pokémon Go maps in jeopardy as Niantic admits to blocking 'scrapers'

Mark Hachman | Aug. 8, 2016
If you want to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go, you'd better go back to the crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps.

Pokévision remains shut down at Niantic’s request, Liu wrote, including a personal request from John Hanke, Niantic’s chief executive.

What this means: It sounds like Niantic has objected to the spread of trackers for two reasons—trackers consumed an inordinate amount of its server resources, preventing them from being dedicated to new regions; and simply because they were, in its view, cheating. We don’t necessarily agree, as Pokémon Go maps that used trackers could also be used by the disabled, or by parents trying to help a child, or any number of other reasons. For now, however, it appears that Pokémon Go is hobbled without this key feature, and without third-parties to support it in the meantime.

 

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