Video game streaming service Twitch will be taking down streams of players cheating in Pokémon Go. Brian Petrocelli, head of Product Marketing, reiterated on his blog that streamers engaged in cheating in multiplayer games or violating another company’s terms of service during their stream have always been in violation of Twitch’s own terms of service, and Pokémon Go is no exception.
The biggest issue has been the number of streamers using bots to play the game for them or using GPS spoofers to travel around the world in seconds. Petrocelli makes it clear that from today onwards “anyone sharing content that features or promotes cheating in Pokémon GO will receive a strike on their account”.
Reddit user Crituna “named and shamed” a small number of Twitch users live streaming their cheating in Pokémon Go less than a month ago.
The severity of the strike system is somewhat vague, but the general consensus is that three strikes equals a permanent ban. That said, some users claim that even one strike could end a streamer’s channel if severe.