Niantic Labs CEO, John Hanke, posted an update on the company's Pokémon Go news page explaining why the company decided to block third-party developers from accesing the game's servers to create Pokémon tracking apps and websites:
Hanke also noted that the cost of allowing data scrapers access to their servers affected gameplay at all levels.
On a positive note, Niantic is "actively working on" fixing and returning the Nearby foot tracker to Pokémon Go. And, since they aren't spending so much time trying to combat server issues due to data scrapers, maybe they will actually have a chance to fix it soon.
I was a fan of Pokevision, myself, and was sad to see it shut down. But, I feel confident that the team at Niantic Labs made the decision to block data scrapers because of the negative affect it was having on gameplay and not just because they don't want people to cheat.
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