If you've played a video game online before, you might have been in the situation where a player has decided to disconnect right before you can take out the victory. Sometimes, it can even deny you of points. At the moment, in Pokémon Sword and Shield, this exact type of issue is impacting the game's online competitive scene.
According to a post over on ResetEra, what's being described as a "critical exploit" has been discovered, which prevents players from losing or gaining points in an online match and "ruins" the whole experience. Here's the full rundown:
This bug is easy to exploit. All that must be done is pushing the power button to disconect the Switch at a specfic time after losing the match. When done correctly, not only does the loser NOT lose points for their match, but the winner does not GAIN points for the match won. So basically, this totally nulls the match, and ruins the whole point of laddering in Pokemon.
It's apparently become a "well-known bug" within the competitive Pokémon scene on social media, and one video demonstrating this nasty trick has been viewed more than 50,000 times. Here's hoping Game Freak and The Pokémon Company can roll out a fix for this right away.
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