Just last week, Niantic sent out its first wave of permabans for Pokemon GO users who were deemed as cheaters and violating the company’s terms of services. However, in a post on the official Pokemon GO website, it looks like a small subset of banned accounts might be going free again.
In the post, Niantic provided a brief explanation of why they were banning accounts that were found to be using third-party apps to track nearby Pokemon.
‘Each end-user app can be used as a collection tool by the app creator, invisibly collecting and forwarding data to the app creator with or without the knowledge of the end user. These apps can have an effect similar to DDoS attacks on our servers. Because of this we have had to ban some accounts associated with using these add-on map tools, leading to confusion by some users about why they were banned. This is a small subset of the accounts banned.’
Niantic will be unbanning this set of accounts, but has warned that these accounts might still end up getting banned in the future if found violating the terms of services again. In addition to that, accounts that were found using GPS/location spoofers will remain banned, as they should be.