PokeVision is the go-to addition for Pokemon Go, as it appeals to the majority of players who are desperate to Catch ‘Em All, but refuse to Get ‘Up.
Well, it was.
For lack of a better term, the creators of PokeVision were ‘sniped’ a couple days ago after Niantic caught wind of their operation. In the patch notes of the game’s most recent update, the company made these remarks:
“We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world.”
I die a little bit every time I read those words, but I’m sure many avid players feel the same. Niantic began backing up their accusations by calling it a violation of the Terms and Conditions (correct), and for this reason they were justified in filing a Cease and Desist letter on them (also correct). However, there was an aspect of the situation Niantic managed to neglect – PokeVision, and others, are the reason why many players still open up Pokemon Go.
After all, it became a huge hassle to find decent Pokemon when the Nearby indicator wasn’t working properly – and who wants to search hours on end for the Pikachu you could have sworn you saw… the creators of PokeVision responded to this “crisis” by saying,
“It’s like suing the blacksmith who let you into your house when you left the stove on, and is about to burn it down.”
This was an excellent analogy, and most would conclude that the game’s DAU count (Daily Active Users) would plummet… but, brand NEW third-party apps are popping up all over the place, and are finding loop-holes in Niantic’s Terms and Conditions. Of course, they’ll try to find ways to sue them, too.