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Pokémon Go: Ban wave rolled back, but the damage is there

Update as of August 5, 2021: On the night of August 5, 2021, developers Niantic tweeted that all erroneously issued account bans in Pokémon Go have been rescinded. Affected players will receive a free event box in the store as an apology. "We apologize for this mistake and are working to address this issue again in the future," the official post reads.

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THIS is your apology?

But is that all it takes? The second wave of bans at the end of July was over a week ago now, meaning that some players were unable to access Pokémon Go for almost two weeks - and for no reason. That's not just annoying, that also shakes confidence in the mechanics behind Pokémon Go; namely that it can arbitrarily happen again at any time for accounts to simply be banned, even if you're behaving within the rules of the game set by Niantic. If you are a Pokémon Go trainer who has invested a lot of money in the shop, this is even harder, because from now on everything can be gone.

Because there are also other incomprehensible game decisions by the developers, some players have already drawn consequences and turned their backs on Pokémon Go for the time being. There are plenty of other location-based games out there. (Pssst: Like The Witcher: Monster Slayer)

Original news from July 27, 2021: Already in June 2021, a wave of bans swept through the community of Pokémon Go, now in July 2021 the second. The reason behind it, as it is suspected among other well-known Pokémon Go influencers such as Daniel "Spieletrend" Schilling, is the iOS operating system that runs on their mobile devices. One of our readers brought it to our attention that it was primarily players who appeared to be banned by an automatic ban mechanism who were playing Pokémon Go on an iOS device running an older operating system, namely iOS 12.1, but in some cases higher.

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Niantic takes back bans

In many cases, those affected affirm that the ban could not have been imposed because of spoofing or other cheating processes. Accordingly, players turned to the developers of Niantic primarily via ticket and Twitter, as some of the bans should last 30 days, others even permanently.

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Via Twitter, the developers have now confirmed that they are working on reversing these unjustified bans: "We are working on reversing strikes for some trainers who have incorrectly received punishments on their accounts. This will be done automatically for coaches whether they contacted us or not. We apologize for the error. "

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And hopefully it stays that way!

Banning automations don't cause trouble in Pokémon Go, but also in World of Warcraft, for example, as we've reported again and again. In most cases, the only thing that helps the sincere players then is going public to generate some attention and "buzz" so that customer support agents take another look at the tickets. In this case, i.e. Pokémon Go, it helped - but the fear that such a mistake may happen again is justified.

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