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Twitch is cracking down on 'Pokémon Go' cheaters

You can't spoof 'em all.
Andrew Dalton, @dolftown
August 8, 2016
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While livestreaming can be a boon for game developers, Twitch has made it clear the company has zero tolerance for players who flagrantly violate any game's terms of service. For players streaming their Pokémon Go sessions, that means taking a hard stance on shared accounts and GPS spoofing.

"Recently we issued a statement that streaming content on our services which violates third-party terms of service or other user agreements is a violation of our own Terms of Service," Brian Petrocelli wrote in a blog post. "Today we would like to make clear that this policy also holds true for Pokémon GO content on Twitch."

Per Niantic's guidelines, cheating in Pokémon Go can be anything from multiple users per account to selling accounts to "using tools or techniques to alter or falsify your location" -- obviously the big point for Twitch here. As of today, anyone caught streaming their Pokémon cheats on Twitch will get a strike on their account. So think twice the next time you feel like livestreaming your GPS-hacked trip to a gym in Shibuya.

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