Insta-PokeGo is a Bot Used to Level Up in Pokemon GO Faster

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Mobile developer Niantic Labs is yet to take action against tens of thousands of Pokemon GO cheaters and that's precisely why numerous methods of gaming the system are still emerging on a daily basis. The latest one is called Insta-PokeGo and is a bot that became popular shortly after launching last week. It's a rather versatile cheating tool for Pokemon GO players who have no regard for fair play and—interestingly enough—it was developed by several current and former engineers working for Dropbox.

The bot is rather advanced and automates the entire process of catching Pokemon in Niantic's popular mobile game. In other words, it's an advanced GPS spoofer that trainers can use to "play" Pokemon GO directly from their browsers. As Insta-PokeGo's co-creator Steven Bartel put it, his creation simplifies the process of playing the game "down to one click". This isn't the first such program released online—someone has already managed to beat the game thanks to another bot—but it's seemingly the most advanced one yet. Bartel also revealed that his bot was already used by over 4,000 people in the first several days since hitting the market but noted that people using it should expect to get banned by Niantic in the future. Just as this latest Pokemon GO bot launched last week, the San Francisco-based developer updated its terms of service and specifically prohibited the use of bots by making it a bannable offense.

While Niantic is yet to take action against cheating players, Bartel admitted that the immediate future of Insta-PokeGo is still uncertain given how several similar creations like Necrobot were already forced to shut down. Pokemon GO's developer hasn't officially commented on this latest tool for gaming its system but there's no doubt that the studio won't look kindly on people using it. Interestingly enough, certain entities have actually started punishing Pokemon GO cheaters sooner than the actual game developers. By far the most popular among them is the game streaming service Twitch which recently started handing out "strikes" to its users promoting anything which even remotely resembles a violation of Niantic's terms of service.

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