With Pokemon GO being the incredible hit that it’s been, many people have, of course, tried to find ways around the central focus of the game… The GO part. Without pointing to the obvious stereotype that gamers already face (which this is only bringing more and more light to), it’s not surprising that GPS spoofing apps have been popping up.
So basically, for anyone living under a rock, Niantic developed a Pokemon game that uses Google Maps in order to track your location. Pokemon spawn around you, and well, pretty much any populated area of the world that has the game, and you catch them. Easy enough.
However, apps like Pokebuddy and Necrobot have been seeing large success in being able to spoof your location elsewhere. MyGoBot is a new website that asks for just under $8, and allows you to cheat the system even more reliably. The problem arises when you have people paying to cheat. Niantic is going to have to step up their banning game as a result.
It’s been documented that you can earn yourself a ‘soft ban’ by using GPS spoofing. It basically prevents you from catching Pokemon, battling gyms, and collecting items for a limited period of time. It’s heavily suspected that Niantic will start perma-banning players for using cheating methods in the near future.
The owner of MyGoBot is at least pretty straightforward. He made a statement when asked about potential perma-bans in Pokemon GO using his website:
“No one knows for sure. Botting is a risky action no matter what, so please bot at your own risk!”
GPS spoofing isn’t the only way players are gaining advantages, however. One player used his car’s autopilot to play Pokemon GO. Other players simply use sites like PokeVision to see where Pokemon are spawning and how long they’ll be there.