Some multi-platform gaming giants are suing cheaters, but they aren’t the only ones. Niantic has sued members of Global++ for allegedly offering “unauthorized derivative” (hacked) versions of Pokémon Go, Ingress and the still-in-beta Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. These modified mobile apps violate intellectual property rights and also “undermine the integrity of the gaming experience” by helping players to cheat.
As you can imagine, this hurts player enthusiasm for the games, so it “interferes” with Niantic’s business. They have had enough.
Some of the Global++ members are named, including reported leader Ryan Hunt and YouTube promoter Alen Hundur. Aside from those, there are also 20 anonymous members who haven’t been identified yet.
Global++ hadn’t directly answered the allegations, but it did respond by taking down its website and Discord servers. It said it was shutting down “indefinitely” in order to honor its “legal obligations.”
Global++ clearly didn’t have permission to modify Niantic’s apps, but some have questioned whether game studios are actually losing revenue due to cheaters. That’s particularly true in games like Pokémon Go, which aren’t focused on real-time competition. They may have a point. Cheaters can make it a bad experience, though, and Niantic wants to deter others from this behavior.