The creators of Pokemon Go said they’ve punished over five million players for cheating.
Niantic said it issued sanctions to players across three games – Pokemon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite.
It said since 2020, over 20% of those were permanent bans.
The creator wrote, “We have made a commitment with all of our players towards promoting fair gameplay…and improving transparency with our players.”
The three popular games all use augmented reality to combine gaming with the real world.
A list on the Niantic website refers to cheating as being things such as GPS location spoofing – which is falsifying locations. That can mean using hacked or unofficial programs, letting users trick the game over its location, so players can play these games from the comfort of their own homes – without actually needing to go outside or to a certain location.
Over 90% of players stopped cheating after receiving a warning from the company.