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: