Niantic Take Legendary Pokemon Away From Players

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It seems that recently Niantic have been under a lot of stress, with everyone in the Pokemon community annoyed at them. First they underestimated the number of people who would play Pokemon Go, leading to server issues and players not being able to connect. Admittedly not entirely their fault, estimations are exactly that. They won’t always be entirely accurate. But every move since then has made Niantic look bad. They removed the “Nearby” function on Pokemon Go, due to the fact it was buggy. This coupled with Niantic’s shutdown of Pokevision, the Pokemon tracking site, left players with no way to even remotely attempt to track down Pokemon. This left players wondering why the “Nearby” feature wasn’t fixed instead of just removed. I fear that this next move may be the thing that has players saying they are finished with Niantic.

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Earlier this week one player claimed to have caught the legendary bird Pokemon Articuno, and of course immediately others began calling them a cheater. It is a known fact that people have been cheating Pokemon Go, but in this case that wasn’t the reason. Niantic provided GameSpot with a statement, in which they explained that the Pokemon had ended up in the players possession accidentally, but entirely legitimately. However the Pokemon have been removed from any player who happened to catch them.

“We recently noticed that a few Legendary Pokemon got into a few accounts when they shouldn’t have. To preserve the game’s integrity and as a measure of fairness, we have rectified the situation and revoked the legendary Pokemon from the Trainers’ accounts.”

I personally don’t know what I think of this. On one hand Articuno wasn’t ready to be made available to everyone. On the other hand, it was Niantic’s fault that the Pokemon made their way into some players collections. The players should have been able to keep the Pokemon, but maybe not use them as a gym Pokemon.

What do you guys think of this? Is this the final straw for Niantic? Or do you feel they reacted in the right way? Let us know in the comments below.

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