Does the punishment fit the crime?
The 2023 Pokémon World Championships are underway as of today, and some of the pros in attendance are finding out the hard way that Pokémon Co. isn’t messing around.
A number of Pokémon Scarlet/Violet pro players have taken to social media to announce that they’ve been eliminated from tournament play due to the use of hacked Pokémon. While this might seem like a cut-and-dry case for elimination, some players feel Pokémon Co. is being a bit too harsh.
Anyone playing Pokémon Scarlet/Violet is supposed to obtain their Pokémon roster through legitimate play or trades, but some players have used hacking tools to create the lineup they want. The Pokémon they add to their roster have legit stats and aren’t using tricks to get impossible abilities, but they weren’t obtained through normal gameplay methods. Pokémon Co. sees these Pokémon as illegitimate, so the players have been removed from the tournament.
While fans can argue the decision all they want, I think we can all agree that it’s not surprising to see Pokémon Co. take things this seriously. At the very least, budding players now know that their rosters better be fleshed out with legitimate captures/trades going forward.