Niantic have settled with a cheatmaker that created hacks for many of their games including Pokémon GO.
As part of the settlement for the lawsuit that Niantic raised in June 2019, Global++, the company behind the hacks, has agreed to pay $5 million (£3,667,175) in damages.
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Gloabl++ will also stop making the hacks, stop profiting off Niantic’s code, and won’t interfere with any Niantic games present or future.
According to TorrentFreak, the development group Global++ provided cheats for Pokémon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and Ingress in the form of of infringing programs: PokeGo++, Potter++ and Ingress++.
These apps allowed people who downloaded them to make use of features that let them spoof their GPS location and use “auto-walk” functions to undermine the overall experience and place these users ahead of legitimate players.
The report covers the fact that Global++ were taking Patreon payments, and as such there was a “was a profit motive underpinning the entire business” which put Global++ in direct competition with Niantic.
Pokémon GO has been in good financial health in recent years, with the game making a reported US $1.92 billion last year, despite the expected impacts of COVID-19.
Although the pandemic limited players’ abilities to travel and play out in public, a report from Super Data puts Pokémon GO as the fifth highest-grossing mobile free-to-play game of 2020.