So, the recent Pokemon Go update removed an all-important feature of the game, the Pokemon Tracker tool. It was removed because, according to Niantic, the feature is flawed and it needs fixing. When you ask players, it is bugged because of the infamous “three-step” bug that gave them three paw prints but it never goes down to zero.
Now, the Pokemon tracking tool is very important because it is the only (legitimate) way of tracking Pokemon for you to catch in your area.
For people who want a more robust tracking tool, however, they resorted to other means. One of the most popular Pokemon Go tracking website is “Pokevision”. In fact, it is so popular that millions of Pokemon Go players have used the service.
But, like any company would, Niantic was quick to issue a cease and desist order against any other Pokemon Tracking device or mechanisms. They also have a good reason for shutting such services down.
You see, just recently, Pokemon Go has been officially released in Latin America (most especially in Brazil). They were able to do so after shutting down Pokemon Go tracking websites.
You’re probably asking, “so what is that damn good reason you were talking about”? Well, according to a recent post by Niantic’s officials, shutting down Pokemon Go tracking websites were one of the best things they’ve done because it alleviated the stress their servers were getting prior to the cease and desist order.
Niantic even posted a usage graph where people can clearly see the (immediate) effects of shutting down such services.
They also went on to explain why this is the case. You see, Pokemon Go tracking websites need to connect to the game’s official servers for them to be able to track Pokemon accurately for you.
This, in turn, causes huge traffic on the servers of the game, resulting in people getting connectivity issues from lagging to abrupt disconnections.
Because of the shutdown of such Pokemon tracking services, they were able to roll out the game officially in Latin America. And also, they can roll out to other parts of the globe in the near future as well.
Niantic ended their statement with a letter of understanding to the fans of the game. The recent moves of the company made Pokemon Go players angry, especially since the removal of the Pokemon tracking tool and other Pokemon tracking sites.
But, after giving the right reason why they did what they did, I think that angry Pokemon Go players will have a change of heart.
There are a lot of good things you can get from the recent statement. For one, the company aims to release the game to a worldwide audience. Second, they are committed to fixing the game and making it playable and enjoyable. And third, they are now more open to communicating with the fans of the game.
I hope that Niantic will continue this upward motion. Pokemon Go is a game developed by Niantic and published by Nintendo and is available for both Android and Apple mobile phones.