Pokemon GO has been a great success for Niantic, and with over 50 million downloads on android phones alone, this trend seems to be continuing. P0layers are well aware of the server issues caused mostly due to over stretching of scarce resources. With Pokemon GO’s official launch in Brazil and Latin America, 0many expect the problem to worsen, but Niantic claims otherwise, and has once again blamed third-party apps for these server issues and this time the creators are striking back.
Niantic in a recent blog post claims that its ability to further develop the game had been slowed down due to the continued server issues caused by third-party apps such as (and once very popular) Pokévision. The company also says that the official launch of Pokemon GO in Brazil and Latin America had been delayed due to “aggressive efforts” made by different third-party apps in order to get access to the games servers.
As some of you may have noticed we recently rolled out Pokémon GO to Latin America including Brazil. We were very excited to finally be able to take this step. We were delayed in doing that due to aggressive efforts by third parties to access our servers outside of the Pokémon GO game client and our terms of service.
Niantic in order to solve the problem has started to block many third party apps, which in fact has been proving very fruitful, as it allowed and freed resources for Niantic to go ahead with it launch in Latin america. The graph below shows a clear drop in resources being used after the company started blocking third-party apps.
The company also highlights another reason for such aggressive measures; cheating. “It’s worth noting that some of the tools used to access servers to scrape data have also served as platforms for bots and cheating which negatively impact all Trainers,” reads the blog post. The recent news has not been met with great optimism but the community hopes that in the long run such measures will allow Niantic to free up resources for further improvement of the game.
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