Just ahead of the weekend, Niantic announced some tweaks to Pokemon Go’s gym training system. “In an upcoming version of Pokémon GO, when training at a friendly Gym, Trainers will be able to bring six Pokémon to battle instead of one,” the mobile studio explained. “In addition, the CP of the Pokémon you are training against may be temporarily adjusted lower during your training session to generally match your Pokémon’s battle capabilities. No matter what your level, you can now have an impact on your team’s Gym.”
Pokemon Go player developers, however, are disgruntled over unannounced security update that hit the game on Friday: Niantic apparently disabled the .35 API that was allowing some grey third-party websites and apps to continue to exist.
It's not just FPM that was shutdown, every app/site just died. We have to reverse the api again. #unknown6team
— FastPokeMap Official (@FastPokeMapCom) October 7, 2016
This isn’t the first time Niantic has cracked down on spoofers and botters as well as legit users caught up in the mess; in August, the company began hard-banning people suspected of cheating, and in September, it began blocking access for players who had rooted or jailbroken their mobile devices.
The new shutdown has ignited yet another wave of infighting over whether third-party applications are cheats — and whether there are enough people left playing the game to justify continued third-party development.