February 5th According to a report by Japan’s NHK TV station on the 5th, a 23-year-old man in Japan was arrested by the police on suspicion of violating the Unfair Competition Prevention Law.
He modified his home console “Switch”, changed the ability value and other data in the game “Pokémon”, and also sold rare Pokémon online. Police said this was the first case in Japan.
The suspect’s name is Kazuo Kawamatsu, unemployed, and lives in the southern district of Nagoya City.
Police said that in April 2020, he modified the Switch in his home so that the data in the game could be changed at will, and tampered with the Pokémon experience in Pokémon: Sword/Shield and other data for sale online.
The suspect marked “500 yen (about 30 yuan) for a Pokémon” on the shopping website.
According to the needs of customers, he can make rare Pokémon that are difficult to buy, or add the ability data that is not available in the game to the game and sell it to customers.
According to the police investigation, the suspect confessed to the criminal act.
He has made 1.1 million yen from this. Police said it was the first case in Japan that revamped “Switch” and tampered with software data.