The Google CSR sent me an email link and suggested that I report Niantic via the Report Inappropriate Apps form. Their choice to allow rooted users to make purchases and then later deny them access to the purchased content falls under the Google category of an “Unlawful Activities” –> “Deceptive Behavior” violation.
Bye bye, Pikachu.
After two months or so playing the game – and being one of the people who has actually spent money to support the game (and get extra stuff), I uninstalled it yesterday.
I didn’t want to – I enjoyed having something to do while walking my dog. I played just enough to stay competitive, but little enough that I hadn’t gotten burned out.
But that also means that I was a casual enough player that I didn’t follow Niantic’s Facebook posts, so I didn’t realize the new update would completely make the game unplayable.
Not my phone, but could be.
Yup, after two months of no problems, suddenly I discovered that having rooted my android phone meant that I could no longer play the game.
I rooted my phone a while back – before I ever thought about installing Pokemon Go – mostly so I could use applications to be able to fully use my SD card after the Lollipop update. That functionality is something I kind of need on my older phone in order to have space to… oh, play things like Pokemon Go. (I also use it with Tasker to automate some other things that should be able to be automatic, but aren’t.)
Yeah, yeah, I get it. Some people used GPS spoofing in order to cheat. I actually ran into that – while at a gym in an otherwise empty park, someone kept fighting me for it, even though there was no-one else in sight.
As annoying as that was, not being able to play is a far sight more annoying.
Add in the assumption that I must be cheating because I could be cheating, and I’m righteously pissed off.