5,954 Pokemon Players are Banned from Online Services Due to Modifying Data

The Pokemon Company has dropped the ban hammer and will continue to do so moving forward to any player that has modified their game data while also choosing to participate in online activities in the Pokemon Global Link service. Here is the official statement on these bans, the reasons behind them, and how it affects those that got swept up:

Thank you for using the Pokémon Global Link.

It has come to our attention that a small number of players participating in Rating Battles, Online Competitions, and Global Missions have engaged in unauthorized modification of their game data.

As a result, we have taken the following action against these 5,954 players:

– They will be excluded from the rankings of any Rating Battle they have participated in thus far.
– They will not be able to participate in any future Online Competitions.
– They will no longer be able to use Game Sync, play in Rating Battles, or participate in Online Competitions or Global Missions using the game with which they performed unauthorized data modification.

When affected players try to use Game Sync or participate in Rating Battles or Online Competitions, they will receive the following message:

******************************************
The connection to Pokémon
Global Link from this saved data
has been denied.
(Error Code: 090-0212)
******************************************

Going forward, we will take similar actions at regular intervals if we continue to identify players using game data that has been modified in an unauthorized way. If we identify that certain players are repeatedly engaging in such unauthorized behavior, further restrictive actions may be taken against them without warning.

We will continue to monitor and deal with unauthorized data modification as it comes to our attention in order to preserve a safe and fair gameplay environment for all users of the Pokémon Global Link.

We encourage all players to follow the instructions in the manual that came with their game in order to protect their saved game data and the Pokémon that they have raised. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Bottom line, if you cheat, you risk losing your online services.

Source: Pokemon Official Site

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

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  • Nelz Graves

    Is this from powersave or some other hacking device?