Pokemon Go creator Niantic is no messing around when it comes to entities messing with their intellectual properties.
According to a report from Business Insider, Niantic has filed a lawsuit against Global++, an “association of hackers.” The story notes that the Pokemon Go creator, which is set to release “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” is bringing a suit to Global ++ for allegedly distributing hacked versions of Pokemon Go and Ingress.
In their lawsuit, Niantic notes the hacked games, called “PokeGo++” and “Ingress++” gives players an advantage to the game while infringing on the company’s IP rights. The lawsuit also alleges the group has developed Potter++ to coincide with Niantic’s Harry Potter app. The group’s Twitter account, Global++Tweaks, shows references to Potter++
The lawsuit states the hacks “undermine the integrity of the gaming experience for legitimate players, diminishing enthusiasm for Niantic’s games, and in some cases, driving players away from Niantic’s games altogether.” The alleged activities damage Niantic’s reputation and interfere with business.
The lawsuit also names Ryan Hunt, known as “ElliotRobot,” and Alen “iOs n00b” Hundur who the company says develop and promotes the apps on a Youtube channel, as well as 20 “Doe Defendants,” who could not be personally identified in the story.
Niantic is seeking a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit requiring Global++ and its members to stop distributing the apps and work on reverse engineering codes to its games.
The story also noted that Niantic did not indicate Global++ compromised app users’ personal information, nor does it appear the group had access to data of Pokemon Go and Ingress users playing the standard versions of the game.
In compliance with their legal obligations, Global++ has responded to the lawsuit by removing its website and Discord servers and wishing their community well.Image via Pokemon Go Hub.net
The group also deleted their Facebook page, but their Twitter is still active as of this time.
It will be interesting to see where this lawsuit goes from here, especially since Niantic and co-developer Warner Brothers are set to release “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” and drop various Pokemon Go events during the summer.