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Update: Niantic released an official statement regarding recent bans. You can read it below:


After reviewing many reports of in-game cheating, we have started taking action against players taking unfair advantage of and abusing Pokémon GO. Moving forward, we will continue to terminate accounts that show clear signs of cheating.

Our main priority with Pokémon GO is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate game experience for all players. If our system has determined that you cheated, then you will receive an email stating that your account has been terminated.

If you do believe your account has been terminated incorrectly, you should report it to the Pokémon GO Help Center:


The Pokémon GO Development team

Be careful, all you Pokémon GO players! Niantic has started sending out ban emails that terminate accounts using unauthorized software. As the email states:

“Use of any third-party software or app, including but not limited to scripts/apps, applications used to falsify your location, emulators, modified or unofficial software, and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner is considered cheating.”

If you believe you were wrongfully banned, there’s a form you can send in for review. If you don’t hear back it means your account has been permanently terminated. Your best bet is to uninstall all of that third-party software and play the game as it was made to be played!

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