I posted this in a different thread, but figured I’d post as a stand alone for visibility.
If they build in a spoof they can track it and manage it themselves. It would reduce the amount of people looking for a 3rd party app to spoof, as it would be unnecessary. They can then manage how the game operates while using the in game “spoof”.
Limit movement speed to a run. While allowing users to play from the safety of their home/disabled players, they would be restricted in how quickly they can “travel” in game.
Limit range. Limiting range would mean players, again, can play from home, but would not be able to have the run of the city. Range limits can be adjustable by Ludia based on how far from concentrated areas the person lives. Essentially giving people access to X amount of drops. If one lives out in the boonies, their range would be larger so it would encompass X drops. If someone lives in an apartment downtown, their range would then be smaller. It would give people equal access to X drops.
Ultimately, building in mechanics like this would reduce the desire to cheat as it would be unnecessary, while at the same time increasing playerbase by making the game more accessable
I’m going to add more to it here:
Games that are fair do better than those that are not.
3rd party spoofing is not fair.
Having a job in an office right next to a green drop is also not fair.
My above solution would reduce the unfairness to both of those, while not removing the benefit of going out.
To all the self righteous “tired of hearing spoofed excuses, blah blah blah…” save it. You’re missing the point.