It’s no surprise that Niantic’s anti-cheating bans aren’t limited to GPS hacks. Plenty of players have used bots to achieve insane feats of leveling and Pokemon catching. Unfortunately, the algorithm that decides those bans also roped in savvy Pokemon GO connoisseur, Jimmy Derocher. According to Kotaku, Derocher started off with the most noble pursuit: to prove internet commenters wrong. They claimed nobody could earn one million XP in a single weekend. Derocher, probably after cracking his neck and sliding on a red bandanna, took the challenge head-on.
That’s a 0.2 mile loop of 10 Pokestops, all with constant lures. Derocher even planned on taking the challenge a step further. Forget the “weekend” thing; he was going to do it in a single day. And just to prove how badass he is, he planned on livestreaming the entire thing for bragging rights. And everything was going swimmingly at first. Stops were being spun. Pokemon were being caught. Life was good. Then, at around the 600,000 XP mark, it all went down hill. Every single Pokemon broke out of all Pokeballs and instantly ran away. You see, not all of Niantic’s bans lock players out of their accounts. This one in particular just stops players from being able to catch anything when they’ve amassed too much XP in too short of time. At this point, there was little Derocher could do. Even though Pokestops were still giving him XP, the lack of Pokemon catching left his XP count wanting. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first report of undeserved bans, and it won’t be the last.