Niantic sues Global ++, games hacked
The Californian company, Niantic, leader in the development of augmented reality mobile games, sues Global ++. The group Global ++ is a hacking association which develops and distributes rogue apps, based on Pokemon Go and Ingress.
Niantic wages war on Global ++
At the heart of the lawsuit basically, there is the‘accuses of distributing unauthorized and cheat versions of Pokemon Go and Ingress. It also appears that the release of illicit software also affects the beta version of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, for more in beta. Modified mobile apps not only violate intellectual property rights, but, according to Niantic, “undermine the integrity of the gaming experience”, Effectively helping the players to cheat. This to the detriment not only of the Californian company, but also of the fans who play “normally”. Furthermore, the case also mentions another important detail: Global ++ would actually profit from modified apps, thus monetizing content that is not its intellectual property.
Global ++’s answer: absent
Global ++ did not respond directly to the allegations, but effectively blacked out his website and servers on Discord. The action was followed by a statement in which Global ++ stated that it would shut down its services for “indefinite” time to honor “legal obligations”. Some of the members called into question are the leader Ryan Hunt and Youtube promoter Alen Hundur. In the list of suspects / wanted, there are also 20 other members.
The legal factor: law or market imposition?
As in other lawsuits, some aspects of this may prove controversial. Global ++ clearly does not have permissions to modify and release applications with Niantic content, however one wonders if software houses are effectively losing revenue due to cheats and fakes. In this case, more than a violation in itself, a case is made in a workmanlike manner to ensure that serve as an example towards all malicious groups engaged in software cracking.
This is especially true in games like Pokemon Go, which aren’t focused on real-time competition, but often make use of in-app purchases, making it easier for fake apps or cheats to crop up.