Banned Pokemon Go Accounts can now be Unban

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If you’re one those players who have been banned from playing the Pokemon Go then there is still hope for you yet, sicne Niantic has announced that they now have the ability to unban certain accounts.

In their announcement, Niantic explained that there are players who uses third-party “add-on” maps and apps in order to quickly level up their players, since these apps act as a collection tool invisibly collecting and forwarding data to the app creator, this gives an effect similar to DDoS attacks on Niantic servers that prompted the banning of the account.

However with the recent changes made in Niantic’s “infrastructure, they are now able to unban a small subset of banned accounts“, as long as the unban account will no longer use these third-party “add-on” maps and apps, since they still violate our Terms of Service and will still be banned going forward.

Niantic said that accounts whose sole purpose was to scrape data and those who used apps or websites to remotely capture Pokémon, battle or deploy on Gyms, or harvest resources from PokéStops will remain banned.

The company reiterated that their main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players, so, aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in the activities mentioned above.

You can read the full text of Niantic’s announcement below;

We continue to work to ensure the integrity of the game and the health of our servers by blocking unauthorized access and at times by banning offending accounts. This includes blocking bots, data scraping operations, and banning end user accounts associated with those activities. Some players may not have realized that some add-on map apps do more than just show you nearby Pokémon. Each end-user app can be used as a collection tool by the app creator, invisibly collecting and forwarding data to the app creator with or without the knowledge of the end user. These apps can have an effect similar to DDoS attacks on our servers. Because of this we have had to ban some accounts associated with using these add-on map tools, leading to confusion by some users about why they were banned. This is a small subset of the accounts banned.

As a result of some changes made to our infrastructure, we are now able to unban this set of accounts. Add-on maps which scrape data from our servers still violate our Terms of Service and use of them may still result in an account ban going forward. Accounts whose sole purpose was to scrape data are not being unbanned. Accounts which used apps or websites to remotely capture Pokémon, battle or deploy on Gyms, or harvest resources from PokéStops are also not being unbanned. Our main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players, so, aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in these kinds of activities.

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Last modified: August 30, 2016