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August 14, 2019
Keeping our Games Fun and Fair - Important Policy Updates

As a part of our ongoing commitment to keeping our games fun and promoting fair gameplay, we’d like to share an update on some of our recent efforts to stop and prevent cheating in our games:

  • We’ll be expanding the Three Strikes Discipline Policy from Pokémon GO to our other games to ensure a fun and fair gameplay experience. This includes the recently launched Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
  • We’ve improved detection of rooted and jailbroken devices to curb bad actors from sideloading cheating apps or modified versions of our apps. As a reminder, our games will fail to run on devices that have compromised root access.
  • We’ve identified and initiated action against more than 500K accounts who were found to be using cheating apps in Pokémon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
  • We banned 22K Ingress accounts that were found to be supporting and participating in the illicit trade of in-game items.

Please be sure to only use official versions of our apps, available via the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store, and the Samsung Galaxy Store. Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported and using a modified device could put your account at risk of suspension.

For more information, you can refer to the Supported Devices articles on our Ingress, Pokémon GO, or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Help Centers.

We are grateful to everyone who has done their part to support fair gameplay by reporting inappropriate gameplay via our support channels. Thanks for your cooperation in promoting a fair and healthy experience for all of our players.


—The Niantic team

August 1, 2019
Japan’s Ministry of Education’s health subsidiary, Sport Agency, recognizes Niantic games for its contributions to healthy lifestyles

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We are thrilled to share that Ingress, Pokémon GO, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite have received a prestigious honor from the Sport Agency, a subsidiary of Japan’s Ministry of Education! The award, “Sport in Life,” is the first-of-its-kind, and acknowledges Niantic games as a catalyst for healthier lives by making walking an exciting part of people’s daily routine.

The “Sports in Life” award comes just after the third anniversary of Pokémon GO, and the worldwide launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and celebrates a thriving, loyal community of players around the world. It reflects the great strides we've made as a company to build our technology into a powerful force for good, as well as the great strides of our Agents, Trainers, and Wizards: together they have walked 23B+ kilometers, and continue to make Niantic games essential to their well-being.

We are proud to be honored by organizations like the Sports Agency that share our mission and commitment to benefiting humanity and encouraging healthier lifestyles.

A big thank you to the tens of millions of loyal players who have been continuously playing and attending Niantic events around the globe!


—The Niantic team

July 30, 2019
Niantic Partners with Leave No Trace to Take Responsibility for the World We Live and Play In

We are so excited to announce our partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an organization committed to ensuring that every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy our world responsibly.

One of the biggest missions of Niantic games has been the goal to bring people outside to explore their surroundings together. Our partnership with Leave No Trace aims to provide education and tips on how to leave the places we visit even better than when we found them. According to research by Leave No Trace, 9 out of 10 people in the outdoors are uninformed about their impacts. Together, we believe that we can change this reality and empower our communities to protect our planet.

Attendees of our live events this summer might notice some new signs around the event spaces. This is our first step towards providing fun, useful tips to players as you explore the world around you. Here are some tips on how to care for the environment as you embark on adventures with your friends, families, and Niantic games.

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Happy exploring!


—Leah Caudell-Feagan, Social Impact