Pokémon Go Tracking Site Shut Down, Fans Requesting Refunds

Pokémon Go Tracking Site Shut Down, Fans Requesting Refunds

Popular Pokémon Go tracking site Pokévision has been shut down. This news comes one week after the CEO of developer Niantic warned that such sites may no longer work.

As noticed by Forbes and Kotaku, the website – which isn’t officially endorsed by Niantic – was shuttered. The website’s FAQ said that the data came directly from Niantic’s API – which according to the developer’s CEO, is cheating.

"People are hacking around trying to take data out of our system and that's against our terms of service," said John Hanke in an interview with Forbes last week. “[Players] might find in the future that those things may not work.”

The people behind Pokevision issued this on Twitter:

Pokévision's owner told Forbes that their service could be shut down indefinitely.

Following on from this, and Pokémon Go players are requesting refunds for their in-app purchases. In a Reddit thread (as picked up on by Kotaku), players are basing this on the game’s latest update which removed the ability to see nearby Pokémon based on loose proximity.


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Comments Comments (4)

Posted by oconnomiyaki
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 8:47 AM
Niantic have totally screwed the pooch on this one. It's impossible to find pokémon in the game now and they've removed any way to do it outside of the game. They've turned it into this ridiculous version of hide and seek. No one is going to walk around for kilometers trying to guess the location of a pokémon that only hangs around for 10 minutes.

If Niantic had to remove the tracking system because it was affecting the servers, as rumours suggest, then they shouldn't have been launching the game in multiple territories trying to take advantage of the hype. They should have made sure they had the capacity first -- and services like AWS and Azure would have allowed for this; it's their purpose, after all.

If they don't do something to fix it soon and allow people to actually track down the pokémon they want, people will drift away from the game and it'll just be another Miitomo. The point of the game, after all, is to catch 'em all, not catch all the incidental pidgeys and zubats you find on your afternoon stroll.
Posted by MadDudeHorse
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 8:48 AM
I'm not going for refunds, but with no usable tracking in app and no third party sites, hunting down elusive Pokemon has become a game of luck.
Posted by AdamC
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 10:18 AM
Game finally starts working right but I can't use battery saver mode or track them.... I can't win!
Posted by Coddfish
On Monday 1 Aug 2016 11:20 AM
I'm totally with oconnomiyaki on this. Instead of addressing the problems within the game, Niantic focuses on shutting down third-party workarounds to those problems, which are allowing people to actually enjoy the game and get as much out of it as they can.