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This article is part of a 10-part series about interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2016. Entertainment and Education APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
Pokémon GO has been hugely popular and generated millions of sessions around the world as people search for the digital creatures. But, it turns out that a fair chunk of recent API traffic has been coming from gaming bots that are making spatial queries to the API from outside of the game client.
Pokémon Go has become a runaway hit and many developers are showing their enthusiasm for the game by reverse engineering the private, internal Pokémon Go API and creating unofficial third-party apps. The current situation of the Pokémon Go API exemplifies mobile API security concerns.
As Pokemon Go continues is rise in popularity, many developers have reverse engineered the game to publish unauthorized APIs. Niantic has now issued a cease and desist letter to a popular Pokemon Go API developer in an attempt to quash the unauthorized practice. Will threatened legal action work?
Fourteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Games, Banking, Education, Customer Relationship Management, and Home Automation. Featured today is the API for the wildly popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.