Man Arrested After Selling A Hacked Sobble From Pokémon Sword and Shield

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People in Aichi Prefecture, Japan have arrested a 23-year-old man for violating the country’s Unfair Competition Prevention Act. According to Asahi News, the suspect is accused of selling a modded Sobble.

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Last April, the suspect, an unemployed Nagoya resident, allegedly hacked the character via computer and sold it to a Kyoto man for 4,400 yen ($42). At a press conference today, the prefectural police showed the desktop PC used to alter the data.

The suspect, Asahi News adds, is said to have confessed.

Under Japanese law, improper activity like this violates the Unfair Competition Prevention Act.

For a year until last November, the man is believed to have earned 1,150,000 yen ($10,900) for selling modded Pokémon Sword and Shield characters.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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shabaabkamal
Shabaab Kamal

It’s so interesting that this type of crime warrants a press conference.