Niantic policy on spoofing is unfair.

Niantic policy on spoofing is unfair.

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Open letter to Niantic from the Enlightened of Florida

On July 4, 2021, at 6:40am (1040 UTC) a strategic portal, Old Ship Anchor (OSA), was neutralized by a level 5 Resistance player with 1 day of playtime.  At 10:32am (1432 UTC) the same day a second strategic portal, Guantanamo Bay Naval Station Chapel (Gitmo) was neutralized.  Both attacks were determined (by Niantic) to be spoofed and the player accounts were deleted.  These two strategic portals held dozens of links from hard portals representing months of game play and thousands of dollars from hundreds of agents.   Despite the regional Vanguard's swift and thorough response in reporting details, when Niantic reset the two portals most links were not restored.  The result of this cheating is transfer of control of the entire Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast from the Enlightened to the Resistance.  This was a successful Resistance operation implemented by spoofing and substantially ignored by Niantic due to their current policy. 

There are two lessons to be learned:  First, if you spoof a portal Niantic will delete the offending account.  (And they have done a better job lately of dealing with the offending accounts.)  Secondly, Niantic will NOT restore the lost links if you put up blocking links.  They consider these “legitimate actions”.  Thus spoofing, under Niantic’s current policy, is an effective tool if you are not able (or willing) to play fairly.

In our view this policy is totally unacceptable for both factions.  The last thing Niantic should be doing is to demonstrate that spoofing works as a game strategy.  And to ask the agents what links were there when the portal was spoofed is absurd. Niantic has all the data needed in the database to determine the status of any portal at any moment in time and to roll it back.  The official stance by NIA Ops is that “once legitimate action has been taken those actions cannot be undone by a restore”.  This policy penalizes the players who were the target of the spoof.  We suggest that the penalty be moved to the limited number of legitimate plays after the spoof instead of the target of the spoof, which may represent months or years of play.  If Niantic were to make a full restore of any spoof, regardless of legitimate gameplay after the fact, spoofing would be rendered pointless.

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