Niantic rolled out an update for Pokémon GO developer over the weekend, and while it does fix a number of issues, it’s raised a couple of others.

Over the last two weeks the little footsteps that revealed how close players are to Pokémon started acting up. In this weekend’s update, Niantic removed the feature from the mobile app altogether.

While the footsteps glitch did cause some issues, players are no longer complaining that they have no idea where Pokémon are or how to track them.

But the removal of the footsteps has caused a bigger problem for some. Many players made use of Pokémon tracking websites like PokéVision which strictly-speaking was against the terms and conditions of the game. After the update, those websites have been taken offline – possibly for good.

Pokévision co-founder Yangcheng Liu was asked by Forbes if the website is down forever, to which he simply replied “it possibly could be.”

The company also posted a tweet on their timeline, stating that they “are respecting Niantic and Nintendo’s wishes.” This hints to the fact that Niantic asked it to stop operations.

It later tweeted that “we do want PokéVision to be up, we can’t guarantee it & don’t want to give false hope.”

Liu also took a personal stab at Niantic on his Twitter page.

For now, it seems that Niantic is seriously cracking down on anyone who is trying to circumvent the game’s terms and conditions. Players can be fairly sure that the footstep tracking will return to the game in a future update once the glitch has been corrected.

But PokéVision isn’t the only one to be slapped with a cease and desist letter, as has been taken offline too. “We tried our best :( – Check Twitter for updates,” it said on its website, which has now been taken offline. Its Twitter page is also gone.

If you are interested in what other changes the update brings, it is:

Pokémon Go

[Image – CC by 2.0/Camilo Durán]


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