Niantic files lawsuit against “hacker” groupGlobal ++ has allegedly created derivative apps based on Ingress, Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards UniteMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 17th June 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNianticNiantic Inc is taking legal action against an “association of hackers” that has created unauthorised apps based on Ingress and Pokémon Go.Global ++, the group that Niantic’s lawsuit described as hackers, is accused of creating the apps PokeGo++ and Ingress++ — “unauthorised derivative versions” of Niantic’s products.”Among other things, defendants’ schemes undermine the integrity of the gaming experience for legitimate players, diminishing enthusiasm for Niantic’s games and, in some cases, driving players away from Niantic’s games altogether,” Niantic’s legal representatives said in a document acquired by Business Insider.”Defendants’ schemes therefore damage Niantic’s reputation and goodwill and interfere with Niantic’s business.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The two defendants named in the document are Ryan “ElliotRobot” Hunt and Alen “iOS n00b” Hundur, though the lawsuit mentions 20 other unidentified people involved with Global++.Niantic is seeking a preliminary injunction to halt distribution of the apps, including Potter++, a new product based on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. That highly anticipated game is already available in Australia and New Zealand, and is expected to start rolling out globally soon.”Niantic files this motion on the eve of the United States launch of Harry Potter, the culmination of a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment by Niantic, the success of which is threatened by defendants’ unlawful conduct,” the lawsuit said.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNiantic launches Black Developers Initiative, offers funding and mentorshipPokémon Go developer continues efforts to support underrepresented Black developers in creating new AR gamesBy James Batchelor 3 months agoNiantic acquires community gaming platform MayhemSan Francisco gaming start-up to bring more social gaming experience to Pokemon Go makerBy Rebekah Valentine 4 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.