Johannesburg - Pokémon Go developers have issued a stern warning to cheaters.
Niantic Labs developer of the popular location-based augmented reality mobile game issued a statement on their website warning cheaters that they will be banned .
“After reviewing many reports of in-game cheating, we have started taking action against players taking unfair advantage of and abusing Pokémon Go,” the statement read.
Game developers have encouraged users who suspect others of cheating to report them through the website’s Help Centre.
“Moving forward, we will continue to terminate accounts that show clear signs of cheating.”
“Our main priority with Pokémon Go is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate game experience for all players.”
If a user has been deemed to have cheated, they will receive an email stating that their account has been terminated, which Niantic said can be disputed through the website.
While the app has yet to be released officially in South Africa, local users have made use of app-hosting websites to download and play the game.
Users in SA who suspect others of abusing the game can also report cheaters through the app.
Recently, Niantic announced that 15 new countries and regions across Asia and Oceania that can download the app for iOS and Android, through app stores.