With this, the developer brings an end to a firm known for its games selling hacks: Pokémon GO, Ingress and Wizards Unite 

As also occurs with all cell phone apps, some groups of persons have been liable for unlawfully altering the game, adjusting the environment inside it and exploiting vulnerabilities for their own gain within its programming, and that’s no different from Pokémon GO, Niantic’s widely successful title.

One of these parties, known as Global++, was one of the main players in these events, which produced hacks and mods for the three Niantic flagship games by changing their code and using software to take advantage of them, such as the mobile devices’ GPS sensor. 

Niantic locks hackers down

Source: Global++

In 2019, Niantic filed a lawsuit against this gang of hackers, not the first time Niantic has been known to take Pokémon GO-related cases to court. 

Finally, on 12 January, the final verdict in the case was issued to a federal court in California, United States, which granted a permanent injunction to Niantic.

It brought charges against Global++, including copyright theft and breach of the Electronic Fraud and Harassment Act, when the hackers had access to and used the Niantic map’s sensitive information. 

The group of hackers decided, according to the final decision, to pay $5 million dollars for Niantic damages, in addition to halting the production, support and selling of the hacks they have unlawfully released for Niantic games immediately.

With this, one of the many cases that both Niantic and Nintendo have lately had to face comes to an end, something that, considering the more recent cases of violations of copyright linked to this, is likely to grow in favour of the Japanese company.