Niantic has announced the introduction of its “Three-Strike Discipline Policy”, whose goal is to eliminate all cheaters from Pokémon Go, and at the same time to educate and warn those who are on the verge of breaking the game’s rules.
The first strike – the game becomes more difficult
If the company suspects that you are acting against the rules, you will see a warning message showing in the Pokémon Go app. As a result of this, your chances to encounter a rare Pokémon drop drastically and you are also excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes for the following seven days.
The second strike – 30 days of account suspension
Once you commit the first offense, you must act carefully from that moment on, as the punishment for the second strike is the account suspension. If Niantic thinks that you violated the rules again, you will be temporarily banned for 30 days, during which time you will not be able to sign in to your account.
The third strike – termination of the account
Once you receive the strikes number one and two, it is really better to stay away from any troubles, as the third strike will result in the termination of your account. In case you already received your second strike, but still continue to cheat, the company will ban you forever from playing Pokémon Go. As harsh as it sounds, with the implementation of the three strike policy, Niantic at least will warn you and give you a chance to stop breaking the rules before your account gets terminated.
The terminations are unlikely to get overturned
In case your account was terminated due to the third strike, Niantic gives you a way to appeal, but at the same time states that the company’s detection system is extremely accurate, therefore “very few terminations are ever overturned”.
According to Niantic, you can get these strikes if you GPS spoof your location or violate the Trainer Guidelines and the terms of service of Pokémon Go.