Niantic and Pokemon Go have been no stranger at all to lawsuits over the years – it’s just that most the suits have been against Niantic, not lodged by it. And when it comes to cheaters, Niantic has generally erred on the side of patching in annoyances that make it difficult to cheat, even when that means making it hard for innocent people to play too.
That’s changing now, however, as the company is taking hackers to court. According to Business Insider (via GIbiz), Niantic is suing the masterminds behind a hacker group that makes PokeGo++, Ingress++, and Potter++, cheater apps that run on a subscription basis.
If this is starting to sound a bit familiar, you’re probably thinking about the long-running feud between Blizzard and Bossland, the purveyors of the Buddy cheat apps for Blizzard’s games. It took Blizzard years to get those pay-to-cheat programs shut down, and even then the German court system blocked Blizzard nearly every chance it could. However, in the Niantic case, it appears the hacked apps are more like cheat centric clones of the original game rather than mods.
“Among other things, defendants’ schemes undermine the integrity of the gaming experience for legitimate players, diminishing enthusiasm for Niantic’s games and, in some cases, driving players away from Niantic’s games altogether. Defendants’ schemes therefore damage Niantic’s reputation and goodwill and interfere with Niantic’s business,” Niantic’s lawsuit reads.
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