Niantic, the company behind Pokemon GO, is starting to track down people cheating the system. In a recent dev blog post, the team has noted that not only are they following through with in-game cheating, but they will also be handing out some permanent bans:
After reviewing many reports of in-game cheating, we have started taking action against players taking unfair advantage of and abusing Pokémon GO. Moving forward, we will continue to terminate accounts that show clear signs of cheating.
Our main priority with Pokémon GO is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate game experience for all players. If our system has determined that you cheated, then you will receive an email stating that your account has been terminated.
The Pokémon GO Development team
Cheating can occur a multitude of different ways, but is most notably done through GPS spoofing software. And, while many companies issue these warnings as hollow threats, Niantic has begun acting on them.
Players using spoofing software have already been permanently banned — though they do have the option to appeal.