Pokemon Go Team Issues Statement on Pokemon Trackers and Third Party Services

The development team took to social media to address concerns about the app's recent update.


The Pokemon Go Team issued a statement on their social media channels regarding the app's recent update. Please take a look.

The team claims that the limited access for third party services is needed to achieve a broader international roll out. Sounds like they are focused on having Pokemon Go at the Olympics in Brazil as they continue to roll out the app internationally. They also addressed the change in the 3-step gameplay mechanic. The team seems dedicated to achieving their vision and these changes are probably not the end of this app's evolution.

Are you still playing Pokemon Go? What level are you? Let us know in the comments!


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      August 2, 2016 1:22 AM


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      August 2, 2016 1:26 AM

      Releasing in Brazil seems like a terrible idea

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      August 2, 2016 1:29 AM

      The update disables it on my tablet which doesn't have GPS, makes sense I guess but still

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      August 2, 2016 6:52 AM

      May open the app now and then at work since I know there is a spawn point close by but definitely not playing while walking like I was before. In the 'burbs you'll go up to an hour without seeing anything spawn if you can't track them. I'll keep an eye on updates as I do enjoy what little gameplay there is (when I could track)

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        August 2, 2016 7:05 AM


        Living in a suburb pokemon would show on the scanner and then never drop off so they would be perpetually 3 steps but actually miles away and more likely long since despawned.

        The flying leaves don't seem to work either. I assumed it means there is something in there but wandering in circles over the leaves did nothing. The only way for me to find something to capture i randomly open the app while at work , or hang out at the park where lures are up. In the park triangulating the steps kinda worked (the first week), but if it was a rare there were already 40 other players already trying to catch it. Once someone captured it it poofed for the rest, unlike the common spawns where everyone can catch it.

        Make the leaves work, allow the circle of influence actually uncover pokemon efficiently, Instead of a chance to uncover. If I've already walked up to the spot, I feel I did what the game asked of me.

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          August 2, 2016 7:22 AM

          Hmm.. I've never seen something despawn when someone else caught it unless the timer was also up. Leaves do seem to indicate spawn points as there are leaves in one place near my house that also had pokemon spawned on it now and then but it's just an indicator of a place they can spawn, not that one is up there at the moment.

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            August 2, 2016 8:08 AM

            They don't despawn from the scanner until the 3 min time is up. But if you are winging pokeballs at it and someone else catches that wigglytuff before you do, it will break out and poof on you.

            At least that's my experience playing in large groups of people. Possibly anecdotal and YMMV.

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              August 2, 2016 8:12 AM

              Pretty sure that's just the Pokemon escaping normally. When I walk around with friends, we all wait till the whole group has caught the Pokemon before moving on. There's no fighting over first capture.

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              August 2, 2016 8:13 AM

              Thanks for clarifying. I was able to capture a snorlax after a few other groups had already done so and pointed me in the right direction so possible coincidental escapes?

              Either way, tracking is pooched and the game is less fun due to it.

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                August 2, 2016 8:18 AM

                yes it's broken, but it's always been broken. Now it's broken and doesn't ALSO cause server crashes. that's ok for now. I've pretty much stopped playing though. I was lvl 15 the first weekend, I'm only up to 19 and have gone back to ingress. If I go to lunch with the guys at work we'll go somewhere with pokestops and that's about it.

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                  August 2, 2016 8:22 AM

                  In the first few days when steps actually went down to 2, 1 and none properly it was fine (in terms of useful tracking. If it caused serves to crash, bad implementation). Killing 3rd parties without fixing in game tracking was the real problem.

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        August 2, 2016 4:05 PM

        Just another city-living perk. Whoop.

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      August 2, 2016 3:55 PM

      TLDR: "Fuck off with that noise"

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      August 2, 2016 4:26 PM

      Gotta catch em all

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      August 2, 2016 4:27 PM

      If you can install Ingress just do that and use their Intel map. Uses the same data points. Granted, you don't get the locations where the Pokemon themselves are, but it makes finding Pokestops pretty easy.

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