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Pokémon Go cheaters to face permanent bans

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, August 22, 2016  /  04:34 pm
Pokémon Go cheaters to face permanent bans

A Pokémon Go player uses the app in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on July 20. (Antara Foto/Yudhi Mahatma)

Following the hype surrounding augmented reality game Pokémon Go, developer Niantic Labs has announced that it will permanently ban players who cheat or violate the game's terms of service.

Violations include using a fake location, emulators, or modified or unofficial software. Those who play Pokémon Go via third party software will also have their account terminated.

“Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone,” Niantic Labs said on its official website, adding that accounts that were terminated would receive an email notification. However, users who believe their account has been banned incorrectly are advised to report the problem via the Pokémon Go Help Center.

(Read also: Pokémon Go officially released in Indonesia)

In early August, the developer saw limited data access from third-party services. In a Facebook post, it stated that the services had interfered with its ability to maintain quality for users.

In Indonesia, prior to its official release on Aug. 6, Pokémon Go gained popularity among video gamers. The game, in which players become hunters and trainers of Pokémon species, has been officially released in Asian countries including Singapore, Brunei and Cambodia. (kes)

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