Pokémon Go Community Manager Receives ‘Violent Threats’ Because Game’s Bluetooth Accessories Are Briefly Disabled
Pokémon Go community manager Kelsey Danger reported receiving “violent threats” following a discussion about a recent bug in the game.
The bug fix involved Pokémon Go developer Niantic briefly disabling the game’s Bluetooth device support – used by auto-capture accessories such as the officially licensed Go Plus device and the unreleased Gotcha Wristband. official.
Support for these gadgets was re-enabled this morning when the bug was fixed, following a weekend of fan fury directed at Danger.
“Warning: I deleted yesterday’s thread because I started receiving violent threats via email,” Danger wrote on Twitter. “I don’t mind discussing difficult topics – especially when I make mistakes – but when we start to get to that level, it’s time to hit the pause button.”
A now-deleted tweet from Danger’s personal account had described the discontinuation of Bluetooth support for the game as “interesting”, as it meant the niche group of people who regularly used the devices had been forced to temporarily play without it. .
Enthusiasts of the game’s Bluetooth devices pounced on the commentary, and Danger followed suit apologized to those who thought the message had come across as derogatory.
“My favorite threat I received this morning was ‘I found your address in Tortonto,'” Danger wrote, describing a message they received. “I don’t live in Toronto.”
my favorite threat i received this morning was “i found your address in tortonto”
i don’t live in toronto pic.twitter.com/gxQpPHkSXe
— Mx. Pie, Rocket Boss (@mx_danger) October 31, 2022
Niantic job shortly after midnight this morning to state that the bug had now been fixed and Bluetooth devices were enabled again.
Trainers, the bug related to Zorua’s appearance is now fixed and the functionality of Poké Ball Plus and Pokémon GO Plus is now restored. We apologize for the inconvenience caused. Thank you for your patience. https://t.co/8E7kfL78F4
— Niantic Help (@NianticHelp) November 1, 2022
A thread above the Pokemon Go reddit Silph’s Road discussing the controversy called for fans to calm down and pointed out how the former Pokémon Go community manager – who has since left Niantic – eventually deleted their social media.
“The fact that we’re doing this a second time shows that many still haven’t learned,” the thread said.