If you’re an avid PokéMaster, like myself, you’ve undoubtedly clocked a ton of kilometers walking around and catching Pokémon. It’s come to a stage where bad weather is upsetting since you can’t go outside and play games. But, what if there was a way you didn’t have to leave the house to go catch Pokémon? What if you could sit at your computer and join your friends on their outdoor excursion? Well, there is a way, and people are live streaming their Pokémon hunts from their desk chair using a popular GPS spoofing application on their PCs.
The application, which is quite a process to install, allows users to jump all around the world catching Pokémon in various locations. Moving around from Central Park, to Piccadilly Circus within a few seconds is a sure soft ban from Niantic, but if you’re smart about it you can travel around your entire city from the comfort of your desk chair. These “smart” people have even take to popular streaming site Twitch being open about their shenanigans and streaming to thousands of viewers. There are a number of Pokémon Go streams which actually feature players walking around outside with cameras and their mobile phones, but most of them are nowhere near the spoofers who are breaking the Terms of Service of Pokémon Go, and subsequently Twitch.
Can you get caught?
Yes. If you’re jumping around to locations which are irregular (meaning time wise there’s no way you could have got there that quickly) you will be handed a soft ban of up to three hours. This soft ban allows you to log in, but you cannot catch Pokémon or click PokéStops. Honestly, for pure research purposes, I investigated the spoofing application, but gave up when I realized reporting on it may influence others to try it. My plan was to create a new account and see how long it would take to get banned, and to see if I would get banned by sticking to my immediate area.
I gave up trying to install it because, as I said, it’s quite a process, and I would not recommend anyone do this as it completely defeats the purpose of the game and breaks the ToS. I won’t be surprise if those people who are using the spoofing hack receiving permanent bans in the future.
What are Twitch doing about it?
Nothing, at the moment. I went onto the Pokémon Go tab on Twitch and the most watched stream at that moment was some guy spoofing, so it’s still clearly a problem. It seems once again the Pokémon Go Reddit will have to take matters into their own hands, as they have been, with some users reporting each and every channel using this GPS spoof. It will only take a matter of time before Twitch gets involved and removes these streamers, and the worst part is that some of them are known for other games and have built their channels over the years.
It may sound fun, catching Pokémon from your bedroom, until you catch a Pokeban..
Last Updated: July 19, 2016