When Pokémon Go launched it was a huge hit with players but received less of a welcome from homeowners who had a Pokémon gym dropped on their front lawn. This lead to a number of lawsuits against developers Niantic and these are said to be coming to an end as they company has agreed on some new procedures.
- Upon complaints of nuisance or trespass and demands of the removal of a “PokéStop” or “Gym,” the company will make commercially reasonable efforts to resolve the complaint and communicate a resolution within 15 days.
- Owners of single-family residential properties get rights of removal within 40 meters of their properties.
- Niantic will maintain a database of complaints in an attempt to avoid poor placement.
- When Niantic’s system detects a raid of more than 10 players congregating, a warning message will appear on their screens reminding them to be courteous and respectful of surroundings.
- Niantic is also working with user-reviewers and mapping services like Google Maps to also mitigate any problems plus maintaining a mechanism so that park authorities can request a park’s hours of operation be honored.
- At the company’s expense, Niantic will have an independent firm audit compliance with obligations during a three-year period.
Named plaintives in the lawsuits will also receive $1000 compensation, and the law firm handling the case is seeking up to $8 million in fees.