It looks like The Pokémon Company is implementing stricter measures to deal with cheater in Pokémon Sword and Shield. A statement released in Pokémon Home addressed the issue and outlined ways the company plans to deal with those who are cheating the game.
The statement starts off with acknowledgement of players altering data and using hacked Pokémon.
“We are aware that some users are playing Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, as well as using Pokemon Home, with altered data. Additionally, certain users have been causing issues that impair the function of games or apps or that cause problems for others.”
They go on to list some actions that will be taken against players that are suspected of altering data, including bans from online play in Sword and Shield and stopping them from using Pokémon Home’s trading features. The Pokémon Company states it may even suspend hackers’ access to Pokémon Home entirely, on both the Switch and mobile devices.
“These measures may be applied temporarily or indefinitely at The Pokemon Company’s discretion. No refunds or repayments will be issued as a result of these measures. Please be aware that similar measures will be taken regularly in the future and that additional restrictions and other measure may be imposed without notice. We will continue to regularly watch for and address improper or disruptive behavior in order to help our users enjoy a worry-free experience.”