Although we made an article about the disqualification of players using Hacked Pokemon, we didn’t know how big it was. According to a community survey, competitive Pokemon tournaments are full of cheating. After the 2023 Pokemon World Championship, there were tons of pro players cheating for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
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Competitive Pokemon Populated With Cheaters
Yes, we know that organizers disqualified some pro players at the tournament. However, we didn’t know that there were over 50% of the teams that brought illegal Pokemon. The rampant cheating is so shocking, mainly because the reasons were to stay in the meta.
For those of you who do not know, the 2023 Pokemon World Championship prohibits illegally modified Pokemon. After all, competitive Pokemon should be done fairly. This includes Pokemon that the pro players did not train or raise on their own. It also includes Pokemon that they could not acquire due to missing expansions.
The pro players acquired these critters through the free hack PKHeX. It allows the player to modify and hack their Pokemon to their liking. However, the tournament disqualified these players with a surprise check at the Championship.
These stricter checks for hacks make competitive Pokemon more fair. It also encourages pro players to raise and train their own Pokemon, which is how Pokemon players should truly enjoy the game. However, it does make sense that pro players want to keep up with the meta in order to win more games.
So, what do you think about these stats? Unfortunately, the survey proved that a lot of players were using cheats at the tournament. Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to stay tuned to the website for more news.