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This year's World Pokemon Championships in Boston could have taken a dark turn if it weren't for the quick actions of a fan forum moderator and local police.
Two intended competitors - Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27 - were arrested upon arrival to the popular game series' championship finals last weekend after posting a number of violent threats on social media.
The Iowa men are being held without bail on gun charges after police found a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife inside their seized vehicle, which was parked outside the convention center.
According to sources, in the days leading up to the event, the suspects made a number of threats on both Facebook and a closed online Pokemon forum, many of which referring to the Boston Marathon bombing and the Columbine High School massacre.
Pictures shared online also included photos of Norton firing a handgun and another of the trunk of Norton's car with the AR-15 and shotgun captioned "Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!"
The World Championships hosts players from more than 30 countries, giving them the opportunity to compete for more than $500,000 worth of scholarships.
The Pokemon Company International had this to say about the incident in an official statement:

"Due to quick action, the potential threat was resolved. The Pokemon Company International takes the safety of our fans seriously and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority."

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@virginvingler LOL! He would, too! His uncle bought the new 3DS and came out to the house to hang out for a while. The last time he had played was when he used to play on my Leaf Green edition back in the day. So he was trying to decide on this and that. My son was over his shoulder, "Uncle James, it would be better if you did this... No, no, no. That is a water Pokemon and will have a HUGE disadvantage. SIGH ... Seriously, Uncle James?" It was hilarious. You can have him at your own risk! :P
2 years ago·Reply
@ButterflyBlu That's so cool. Do you play at all too?
2 years ago·Reply
@danidee Indeed, I do. That's how Levi got started. He's grown up watching me play (almost) everything that I play and asking to play, too. So I started off when he was tiny playing games like Monkeyball and Mario Kart. (emulator) But he kept watching me play Pokemon, WoW, Starcraft, Hearthstone, Final Fantasy, etc. (The ones I'll let him watch.) He still really wanted to play Pokemon and I wasn't letting him have MY 3ds. :P So I got him one for his birthday when he turned 7. He's a champ now. So good. ❤️
2 years ago·Reply
Omg, a family of gamers. I'm in love with this.
2 years ago·Reply