I’m pretty sure by now that you’ve heard of apps and websites like PokéVision and Poké Radar which allow you to track the location of high-value Pokémon without actually stepping outside. Well, these may not exist for too much longer according to Niantic Labs boss.
Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke has revealed in an interview that apps such as these are considered cheating, and that he’s not much of a fan. He feels that it defeats the purpose of the game, and has revealed that in the future they may no longer be usable.
“Not a fan [of Pokémon Go trackers]. We have priorities right now but they might find in the future that those things may not work,” he told Forbes. “People are only hurting themselves because it takes some fun out of the game.
“People are hacking around trying to take data out of our system and that’s against our terms of service.”
Hanke didn’t reveal when these services will stop working, but in order for the game to be a success and for Gyms to continue to be important in the long run, Pokémon Go needs to be free of such activities.
However, right now other than blindly walking around your neighbourhood, tracking Pokémon within the Pokémon Go app is impossible due to the yet-unfixed “three step bug” which shows all “nearby” Pokémon as the furthest distance away.
To say that Niantic is between a rock and a hard place right now, is a bit of an understatement.