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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."

they look like a goofier version of jay and silent bob
You can win half a million dollars playing Pokemon???
@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
@virginvingler you can plan yer strategy in the bathroom while havin a beer :)
lol @butterflyblu I've decided to learn pokemon to go for thr prize @danidee and I are going to form a team, you son can coach us.
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