Niantic is suing an organization called Global++ that allegedly creates and distributes "hacked" versions of Pokémon GO.
Pokémon GO is the global phenomenon you thought had gone away but in reality, it never really did. Pokémon GO seemed as if it had faded away due to the popularity it enjoyed immediately after launch. It felt like the whole world was playing and in many ways, it really was. Although many players scrapped the app early on, millions more around the world have continued their quest to catch 'em all.
Pokémon GO is really the first game of its kind. It is a mobile game that requires players to leave their couches and use their phone's GPS to hunt down Pokémon. However, with the new technology that comes with the game, there are fresh issues. Now, hackers are taking the tech and finding ways around it. Niantic has tried to stamp out what is effectively cheating in Pokémon GO and, this week, the developer will take its plight to the next level.
As reported by Business Insider, Niantic is suing a company called Global++. Niantic has described Global++ as an "association of hackers" that allegedly creates and distributes hacked versions of its games, most notably Pokémon GO. The alternative version, named PokeGo++, allows players to work around some of the obstacles we have all encountered playing the original version of the game.
This includes being able to walk around when you're not actually moving to hatch eggs more quickly and spoofing your GPS to appear in other parts of the world so you can catch region-locked Pokémon. You can see for yourselves in this screenshot, an excerpt being used in the lawsuit, how the two versions of the game match up.
The lawsuit taking place this week is not a coincidence. Niantic's next project, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is about to be launched in the US. It is rumored that Global++ already has Potter++ ready to go. With Niantic claiming Global++ has been making money via subscriptions to its "hacked" versions of their games, it understandably wants to be two steps ahead when it comes to the release of Wizards Unite.