The Pokémon series has always encouraged players to take care of Pokémon, raise them properly and defend them against the clutches of Team Rocket.
The Pokémon series does not suggest that you genetically modify your Pokémon friends and then sell them for money. Nintendo is not particularly concerned that you do this either.
Which brings us to today, and the arrest of a 23-year-old Japanese man for allegedly hacking and selling a Sobble.
Asahi News (via Kotaku) reports that the unnamed man was taken to sell the modified Sobble to another player for 4400 yen (about £ 30), and then made a confession.
But it goes beyond Sobble. The man, who is currently unemployed, is said to have earned 1
Today, Japanese police proudly displayed the computer used to modify the Pokémon in question:
Only last week, The Pokémon Company issued a stern warning to hackers of Pokémon Sword, Shield and cloud-based storage service Pokémon Home.
“We have confirmed that some users are playing Pokémon Sword Shield and Pokémon Home using illegally modified data,” the company wrote. “We will regularly monitor and respond to false and annoying actions so that our users can enjoy peace of mind. We look forward to your continued support of the Pokémon series.”