Niantic shut down Pokemon trackers because they put too much strain on company’s servers

Niantic shut down Pokemon trackers because they put too much strain on company’s servers

Against the backdrop of the controversies resulting from the recent service maintenance of Pokemon Go, the game's developer Niantic Labs said in an update on its website that it shut down the Pokemon Go tracking websites because of a very good reason.

Niantic Labs said in the update that the reason behind its move to shutdown unofficial Pokemon Go mapping tools was that the Niantic servers were getting too strained. As such, Niantic shut off access to its data by some popular Pokemon location-tracking websites like Pokevision.

Niantic further added that the excessive strain which the Pokemon location-tracking websites were putting on the company's servers was becoming a major hindrance in its efforts to expand the availability of the Pokemon Go game in other countries across the world.

According to Niantic's explanation for shutting down Pokemon Go trackers, the "seemingly innocuous sites and apps" were adversely affecting the company's "ability to deliver the game to new and existing players."

In a straightforward argument in defense of its shutdown of Pokemon go tracking websites, Niantic said in its update: "In addition to hampering our ability to bring Pokemon Go to new markets, dealing with this issue also has opportunity cost. Developers have to spend time controlling this problem vs. building new features."

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