Pokemon GO’s Niantic Labs Blocks Access to Tracker Sites

The Pokemon GO saga seems to get worse with every turn. Just yesterday, an update went out that removed a controversial feature in tracking wild Pokemon. Even though the update added welcome features such as the re-customization of the player avatar, most players are up in arms over the “fix” of the ongoing bug in tracking Pokemon.

Previously, tracking Pokemon used to work by showing the proximity using a one-three footstep feature. Early into launch, the feature broke, and showed only three steps. Despite Niantic CEO John Hanke acknowledging that the bug existed, the issue never was fixed, until yesterday.

Only, it didn’t. The update removed the footsteps feature, almost as if it never existed. It doesn’t matter that the update revamped the battle system and made some necessary changes to Pokemon like Vaporeon. The update has players up in arms.

Further adding to the issue, without means of tracking, players took to the third-party sites such as PokeVision to tackle their captures, only to find out today that Niantic blocked access to their servers. Niantic previously stated in an interview that they were looking to shut them down, with Hanke citing displeasure at the usage of such apps.

The company took swift action, blocking access to trackers in the early hours of Sunday morning. PokeVision posted a discouraging tweet earlier, wanting to obey Niantic and Nintendo, although remaining cryptic about whether or not they faced legal action.

The entire affair puts a dampener on the game for many, and the media silence on Niantic’s behalf does them little favors in this instance. What started out as a promising title has quickly turned into a summer fad. If the situation changes, we’ll be sure to update you all.


Published by Brandon Bui, PharmD

Brandon Bui is the Editor-in-Chief and owner of Gamer Professionals. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from California State University, Fullerton, and is a Doctor of Pharmacy. Frighteningly obsessed with his Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild.