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:
Hey guys. We wish we had some news for you— Pokevision (@PokeVisionGo) July 31, 2016
At this moment, we are respecting Niantic and Nintendo's wishes.
Will keep you guys posted
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.