Pokémon Go creator Niantic has published a blog post detailing a few of its anti-cheat efforts, and it appears the corporate has been busy. Because the begin of 2020, Niantic has issued over 5 million “punishments” to gamers caught dishonest, with over 20 p.c of these being permabans. Doing the mathematics, that’s over 1,000,000 individuals who have gotten the boot in simply over a yr. This consists of bans from Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
The put up did include some encouraging information in regards to the participant base: apparently over 90 p.c of individuals stopped dishonest after they acquired their first warning. That’s an exquisite factor to listen to, as a result of it’s relatable; I additionally prefer to dwell simply on the sting till somebody tells me to knock it off.
Whereas it appears to be like like 2020 was a foul yr for individuals attempting to cheat at Pokémon Go, it was additionally tough for Niantic, because it tried to determine adapt its video games, which are all based on going outside and walking around, to a locked-down world. The developer needed to make changes, not simply to its anti-cheat software program, however to the mechanics of the games as well.