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Niantic explains why they blocked third-party Pokemon Go apps

In a Facebook post, Niantic explains why apps like Pokevision and others have been blocked.

Published onAugust 2, 2016

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Pokémon Go has been nothing short of a phenomenon, with its daily active users exceeding that of Twitter. The game had people flocking around in the outdoors to catch all the Pokémon, but along with the game, one could also witness a rise of parallel services that aimed at helping the gamers. Much to the furore of the players however, a recent app update has blocked the access to third party services like PokeVision.

The makers of the game released an official statement on their Facebook page which said that the services were “interfering with our ability to maintain the quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon Go to users around the World.” Additionally, the company also said that it removed the “3-step” Pokémon detection legend in a bid to “improve the underlying design.” That being said the 3-Step feature is still a work in progress and will return to the app in the future. Furthermore, Niantic also rendered an apology for not tweeting often and assured that they will try to communicate in a better way.

Pokémon Go is no stranger to backlash, as only last week the users were aghast after their progress was erased, and they found themselves back at level 1, after an update. Despite the fact that the number of daily active users is decreasing, the Pokémon fad is far from over. Also, the removal of footprint tracking systems is bound to upset players for the time being since it makes it that much harder.

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