Pokémon Go devs explain why third-party trackers were blocked

Niantic's crackdown on third party apps part of prep to launch Pokémon Go in Brazil

Niantic has yet to launch Pokémon Go in Asia, instead launching in Brazil and Latin America, but at the same time releasing updates to the app that has riled the fanbase.

Besides removing the controversial and broken 'steps' Nearby feature that showed how many steps a Pokémon was from you, it also cracked down hard on third party Pokémon trackers such as Pokévision. Niantic released a statement explaining why it had to do the latter, showing a chart that showed blocking third party services helped lessen the load on its servers.

Niantic also said that having to handle the problems caused by unauthorised scraping of its data meant that "developers have to spend time controlling this problem vs. building new features". While the developer understood that many of the third-party services had benign intentions, the "negative impact is the same".

Moving forward Niantic said that it valued feedback from the community and in response to the complaint about the broken Nearby feature, Niantic said that it was actively working on it.

"We look forward to getting the game on stable footing so we can begin to work on new features." So when will the game arrive in Asia? With the current Grab promos being held in Kuala Lumpur and the Phillippines, we're betting that once the server issues are managed, we'll see launches in new countries soon. In the meantime, why not check out our guide on how to truly be the very best?

[Source: Niantic]