Last week, news surfaced about an exploit in Pokémon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch, which allowed players to disconnect from competitive matches right before their opponent could take out the victory. This also stopped players from losing or gaining points.
It seems The Pokémon Company has now confirmed all of this and has decided to issue a stern warning to players who abuse this bug – explaining how it "will not hesitate" to temporarily or permanently ban individuals from online play.
We are able to confirm that a number of players have been disconnecting from the Internet to manipulate their win/loss records for online battles and tournaments.
From now on, if we determine that players abuse this bug for their own gain in online battles and tournaments, we will not hesitate to temporarily ban or even permanently ban players from accessing online play in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
In a short space of time, this exploit became a "well-known bug" within the competitive Pokémon scene on social media. One video demonstrating how to disconnect from a match had even been viewed more than 50,000 times before the bug made headlines.
So, for anyone out there who's been doing this – if you don't stop now, prepare to face the Pokémon justice system.