Hi everyone, I just wanted to say I’m really pissed off with this new update.
I believe the idea behind the new system is good, but with spoofers still active it’s almost impossible for legit players to keep playing anymore.
Spoofers have always been the biggest problem of this game, and with this update it seems everything is better for them and worse for legit and urban players.
These are the reasons I can find:
Gyms are way harder to conquer. Before, you could throw away lvl 2-3 gyms in 2-3 battles, now you need to battle at least double or triple times.
Gyms are easier to defend. Feeding berries is way easier than battling against the other pokémons to increase prestige, that means it’s easier for spoofers to feed their pokémons on their gyms (and the other pokémons on the same gyms) so the gyms are always at full strength. + Spoofers can easily spin tons of pokéstop giving them infinite berries.
Spoofers still have stronger pokémon. Nothing has happened to the old pokémons they had before the update, so they can still use them in gyms even if they were capture by cheating.
“Walking” to the gyms is neccesary to keep them active. Again, walking from home or from anywhere by cheating lets them keep their gyms a lot easier than for the rest of players.
Catching spoofers in real time is harder. Before you could see when a spoofer was defending a gym to increase its prestige before leaving a pokémon there, now all you can do is catch exactly when a spoofer has left its pokémon on the gym. You can’t even know who has feeded the pokémons. This makes reports less believable.
Spoofers aren’t punished. They still have access to any gym and reporting them doesn’t seems to ban/stop them anyhow.
- Rural gyms have even more value for spoofers now. Rural gyms are less likely to be attacked so your pokémon can stay for a longer time there, making spoofers go even more to rural areas and screw even more rural players. Rural players don’t have access to so many pokéstops and pokémons so they’re weaker and their gyms are being taken over and over so they can’t gain coins. At least before they could conquer a gym and gain 10 coins before spoofers took the gym back.
And yet, most of the spoofers, who are over lvl 35, have access to the new raids, and those legit players who haven’t cheated at all since the releasing of the game and they’re lvl 25 - 34 can’t.
I’ve been playing sice the release, I’m lvl 32. live in a small rural area with only 1 gym. I’ve captured it more than 60 times since the beginning of 2017 and not a single time I’ve been able to keep it for 24h because of spoofers from the closest city taking it back. Same spoofers that keep taking it easier with this update. I’ve reported tons of time but nothing happened.
If Niantic doesn’t do anything to ban spoofers or prevent them from taking spoofing or taking gyms, I’m sorry but I’m leaving the game.