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

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