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Japanese Man Arrested For Selling Hacked Pokémon Sword And Shield Monsters


Sobble, a Pokémon players can obtain in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Sobble, a Pokémon players can obtain in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

A Japanese man has reportedly been arrested after being caught selling hacked Pokémon to Pokémon Sword and Shield players.

According to a report from the Asahi Shimbun, a 23-year-old man was accused of violating the country’s Unfair Competition Prevention Act by selling a modded Sobble – one of the Pokémon obtainable in the Nintendo Switch titles. The man allegedly hacked the character via computer and sold it to a Kyoto buyer for 4,400 yen, which equates to roughly $42 (thanks, Kotaku).

In Japan, modifying game data in this manner is enough to violate the Unfair Competition Prevention Act. The accused man reportedly confessed to his crime, and it’s believed that he may have earned 1,150,000 yen (around $10,900) by selling modded Pokémon over the space of a year.





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