The person behind FastPokeMap, a third-party Pokémon GO map tracker, has released a series of tweets confirming that reverse-engineering the API was successful, and FastPokeMap will be live once again next week or over the weekend.
We should be running again by friday/saturday. Testing everything
— FastPokeMap Official (@FastPokeMapCom) October 12, 2016
The series of tweets also included an essay penned by the developer behind the map tracker, lashing a stream of light opprobrium directed at Pokémon GO developer Niantic.
"I understand about a company trying to keep the integrity of its game. As long as it doesn't hurt their user base that is," reads the post.
The FastPokeMap developer opines that Niantic is trying to out-maneuver third-party Pokémon GO software in an attempt to gain full control over the growth of Pokémon GO, even claiming Niantic to be "self-sabotaging" the app to do so.
For the developer, Niantic's security measures are the real problematic aspect of the app, preventing people from getting creative with the codebase. Further along the essay, the developer lists a couple more issues, which the developer claims to be the cause of Pokémon GO's diminishing user base.
When Pokémon GO first launched, it was hit with an overwhelming maelstrom of users, the sheer number of which even compromised Niantic's servers to a degree where the app briefly stopped functioning properly. When the issues were ironed out not too long after, hardcore fans began coming up with their own machinations in order to get ahead in the game. Several cheaters were even banned by Niantic, much to the uproar of affected players.
Soon after, map tracks sprung forth, helping users track available Pokémon in their given geography. However, Niantic responded negatively to the presence of these trackers, telling users that the existence of these, while aiding the gameplay to a certain extent, still broke the rules of the game. Niantic shut down a large number of them as a result, to the dismay of many Pokémon GO players.
FastPokeMap was one the trackers that were shut down by Niantic. The site, pre-shut down, had been enjoying over 10 million daily site visits. It was one of the most popular map trackers available for the app until Niantic shut it down.
The developer behind the map tracker alongside volunteers got to work following the shutdown, managing to crack the API in just three days out of the planned two-week timetable. Pokémon GO fans should expect FastPokeMap to return once again next week or this weekend, as previously mentioned. Although the developer has found a stopgap fix, it's highly likely Niantic will manage to shut it down once more.
"[D]on't be surprised if your user base is tanking and don't be surprised about the huge backslash from the community," reads the post.
Pokémon GO's daily active users have significantly diminished overtime, though the app remains to be highly profitable for the developers. Niantic has recently updated the app to primarily improve gym training, alongside a under-the-hood update that brings slight tweaks to users' Pokedex.