Japanese authorities have arrested a 23-year-old man who was charged with hacking and selling storage data for Pokémon Sword and Shield. According to a report by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, via Serebii, the police say that the man earned around $ 10,900 by changing and selling copies of Sword and Shield.
The man allegedly sold a hacked Sobble in April last year and received 4400 yen (around $ 41) for it. The suspect admitted the charge.
Pokémon Company recently cracked down on Pokémon hackers. In January, the company issued warnings of “illegally modified data”
Pokémon hackers have been testing the limits of what they can get away with for years. The company banned a wave of cheaters from Pokémon Sun and Moon from online services back in 2017.
There are currently no details on what the fine or any additional penalties will be, but under Japan’s unfair competition protection law, editing and distribution of storage data is illegal.