Nobody likes people that cheat in video games and more often than not this will lead you to get banned. Niantic has now issued out a new warning to anyone out there that does not want to follow the rules.
Niantic has announced today on the official Pokemon Go website that it will implement a new three strike policy to the game. This means you cannot get caught cheating more than three times because you will get a ban. You can read about the policy below.
Strike 1: Warning
If this strike is issued, you will see a warning message within the Pokémon GO app informing you that we have detected cheating on your account.
In addition to this warning, your gameplay experience may be degraded in the following ways for the duration of the warning:
- You may not be able to encounter rare Pokémon in the wild. These Pokémon may not appear on the map or on the Nearby Pokémon tracker.
- You may be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.
This strike will last for approximately 7 days. After this period, your gameplay experience will fully be restored.
Strike 2: Suspension
If your account is issued a second strike, you will temporarily lose access to your Pokémon GO account. When attempting to log into the game, you’ll be presented with a message stating that your account is suspended. You will not be able to bypass this message.
This strike will last for approximately 30 days. After that period, your account access will be restored.
Strike 3: Termination
If you receive the first and second strikes and continue to cheat, your account will be permanently banned.
If you think you have been wrongfully banned or you may have been hacked, you can try to appeal a ban. Bear in mind, your account will only be reinstated if you truly did not cheat in the game.