Two middle-aged Pokémon GO trainers in Japan engaged in an “offline battle,” resulting in the arrest of the instigator of the fight.
Not-so-friendly match: What began as a competition for control over the same Pokémon GO gym, ended in an altercation between 56-year-old Kento Sato and another 55-year-old player, reports SoraNews24.
- The men, who met through the game, have reportedly known each other for a long time.
- They apparently developed a rivalry as tensions grew between them in competitions over the years.
- An argument finally erupted on August 10, escalating into the alleged physical assault by Sato on his Pokémon rival.
- The victim was a 55-year-old man who was inside his car when Sato allegedly grabbed him by the chest through the window of the vehicle.
- The suspect also reportedly kicked and damaged the victim’s side-view mirror.
- Sato is now facing assault charges after being arrested by the Hokkaido Prefectural Police on the day of the incident.
Pokémon fans react: In response to the brawl, social media users condemned the physical violence that arose from the game competition.
- “Is he a 56-year-old grade schooler?” a user commented.
- “Gotcha! Idiot was caught!” another noted.
- Others expressed confusion on the situation, saying: “What the hell is going on?”
- While some, poked fun at them: “Am I going to be like that when I turn 56?”
- “Looks like a game of 56-year-old GO to jail,” said another.
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