Niantic is Suing Global++ on the Basis of Copyright Infringement

Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go is much ready for the legal battle against Global++ who allegedly makes and distributes hacked versions of their games. The augmented reality game developers filed a motion for a preliminary injunction on Monday ahead of the United States launch of the AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The lawsuit alleges that the Global ++ group has received monetary advances by selling subscriptions. The motion is intended “to enjoin defendants” from infringing the copyrights of Niantic.

According to the report of Business Insider, Niantic has alleged that Global++ create, distribute and profit from the “unauthorized derivative versions of other companies’ mobile game apps.” These apps which have been referred to as tweaks by the Global++ includes  Potter++ (sometimes called Unite++), PokeGo++, Ingress++ which are the hacked versions of the original Harry Potter app; Pokémon GO app; and the Ingress app respectively.

These apps are collectively referred to as “Cheating Programs” by Niantic. It allows the users to spoof their location and obtain items and achievements they have not legitimately earned. Through automation, it would appear as the users are playing the game 24 hours a day. This provides an unfair advantage over the honest players who use the app which does not allow them for playing in such a way.

The lawsuit claims that “Defendants schemes, therefore, damage Niantic’s reputation and goodwill and interfere with Niantic’s business.” The defendants as per the lawsuit are Ryan Hunt, Alen Hundur and twenty other unidentified members. The filed motion of preliminary injunction would force Global++ to immediately stop the distribution of the hacked apps and to stop working on reverse engineering the official code.

There is no comment from the representatives of the Global++. But they have taken down its website and deleted the Discord servers after sharing their message on the End of Service among their fan community. The message reads “It is with great sadness that we will be shutting down indefinitely noncompliance with our legal obligations.”