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Pokemon Go creators admit to cracking down on third-party apps

Niantic, the creator of Pokemon Go, confirms it's behind recent changes that limit outside help with the game.

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Brian Bennett is a former senior writer for the home and outdoor section at CNET.
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Watch this: Pokemon Go trackers shut down

If you're one of many who use third-party apps within Pokemon Go to track down virtual monsters, chances are you've been frustrated lately. A recent update removed certain features and prevented third-party software from working. Now Niantic, creator of the game, has broken its silence and acknowledged it's behind the lockdown.

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Suddenly Pokemon Go wasn't as much fun.

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A post by Niantic on the Pokemon Go Facebook page spells it all out, explaining that the move was done in the interest of better game stability and gameplay. The software developer also expressed its continuing resolve to bring the app worldwide and hinted at plans to improve third-party integration.

"We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration," the post says. "We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally."