Niantic Shuts Down Third Party Pokemon GO Apps

Well, this was always coming. Niantic never approved of third party apps for Ingress or Pokemon GO, and with John Henke’s recent comments, it was only a matter of time before the hammer coming down.

And now it’s happened. The Pokemon Company International is moving against third party apps with cease and desist notices. As a result of this, Pokevision is unavailable for the foreseeable future:

And various others have just shut down all together. Like PokeHound:

pokehound shutdown

Via PokeHound

Or PokeBliss:

What’s more, it seems like PokeAPI hasn’t escaped either. That seemingly got a cease and desist order too:

PokemonGOAPIShutDown2

So yeah, nothing is safe here. Apps, sites, repositories… they’re all getting cease and desist notices from The Pokemon Company in regards to this game. Poke Radar seems safe for now (because it only collect user reports of Pokemon locations). But anything that uses a trainer account to function is being shut down.

It’s not going to be as easy to set up a replacement either.

Why?

Because as well as apps, they’re also blocking hosting companies in general. So VPS and cloud hosting providers (like AWS and DigitalOcean) are being blocked from accessing the game too. Looks like future Pokemon GO sites will need a new solution!

So what do you think? Are you happy these apps have been shut down? Or would you rather they left the development scene alone here?

Source:

Pokemon GO Shut Down Notices on Reddit

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Magma
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I could see why they would want to block some third party Pokemon Go related things but I think they're being too harsh.

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Oh, the irony?

https://twitter.com/johnhanke

The CEO got hacked HARD!