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Niantic steps up efforts in trying to stop Pokemon Go players trespassing

Published: 9/Sep/2019 15:54 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 21:05

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Go might encourage trainers to get out and exercise but sometimes it can lead to incidents of trespassing.

Some of these occurrences, at least in the US, have lead to homeowners taking legal action against Niantic. The lawsuits in question originate from shortly after Pokemon Go was released in July 2016, and are only being settled now.

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The plaintiffs case claims the popular mobile game encourages trainers to trespass on their land. However, while Niantic have agreed to settle the case for no less than $4 million, they have not accepted any blame or liability.

Large numbers of Pokemon Go players have caused problems on private property…

What’s more is that the vast majority of that $4 million will go to lawyers, and not the plaintiffs, who will only get $1,000. This was dropped from the original request of $2,500 after the judge presiding over the case believed this was too high.

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An earlier report from the Hollywood Reporter stated that Niantic were willing to do the following:

  • Upon complaints of nuisance or trespass and demands of the removal of a “PokeStop” or “Gym,” the company will make commercially reasonable efforts to resolve the complaint and communicate a resolution within 15 days.
  • Owners of single-family residential properties get rights of removal within 40 meters of their properties.
  • Niantic will maintain a database of complaints in an attempt to avoid poor placement of these virtual creatures.
  • When Niantic’s system detects a raid of more than 10 players congregating, a warning message will appear on their screens reminding them to be courteous and respectful of surroundings.
  • Niantic is also working with user-reviewers and mapping services like Google Maps to also mitigate any problems plus maintaining a mechanism so that park authorities can request a park’s hours of operation be honored.
  • At the company’s expense, Niantic will have an independent firm audit compliance with obligations during a three-year period.

A more recent report from The Register claims Niantic “has agreed to set up a website and online reporting system for people annoyed by blundering gamers on their land and has said it will resolve 95 percent of complaints within 15 days.”

In addition to that, Niantic will remove PokeStops within 40 meters of residential family property and not place new ones close to them again. There will also be warnings added to the game to discourage trespassing and observe park business hours. Currently, the game says “Do not enter dangerous areas while playing Pokemon GO”.

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Pokemon Go remains incredibly popular even three years after its release and Niantic will be hoping there won’t be any more lawsuits arising as a result of players going places that they shouldn’t be.

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Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot

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To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.

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To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.

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During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

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  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

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Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…

Deerling

As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.

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It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.

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