Connection issues with Pokemon Scarlet & Violet disrupt VGC Regional Championship

Published: 2023-01-08T18:58:57

Updated: 2023-01-08T18:59:14

Pokemon fans are concerned about Scarlet & Violet’s performance following connection issues for the VGC matches during the 2023 San Diego Regionals.

Competitive Pokemon fans around the world are starting to move to Gen 9 Rule Sets following the release of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet in 2022, and many are excited to see how new mechanics will affect TCG and VGC matches.

To kick off the year, the Pokemon VGC battles for the 2023 San Diego regionals take place on Scarlet & Violet, but there have been some significant bumps. During the first round of competition on Saturday, January 7, contestants struggled with connectivity issues that required full resets.

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Unfortunately, many Pokemon fans were already unsure about switching from Sword & Shield to Scarlet & Violet, as the Gen 9 games have had numerous performance and gameplay issues since their initial release. This included lag, broken movement, and visual glitches that were prominent issues for standard gameplay. As a result, the connection problems were not entirely unexpected.

Scarlet & Violet players toast Pokemon VGC achievements

In a Twitter message from DaWoblefet, players can see a video of Saturday’s stream’s interrupted game. The poster reads: “FRAME 1 CONNECTS THE FIRST SCARLET/VIOLET REGIONAL STREAM. Bringing back live competition”.

Pokemon VGC players in the comments share their thoughts, with one saying, “Ah, I said it before. ‘This game is held together by flimsy paperclips and dollar tree, outdated glue.’” and another addition: “This is just as bad as the smash bros tournaments held online and announcers enduring the painful delays of the game running crappy there all over again. Instead of criticizing, it’s just a bunch of ‘uhhh’ and ‘oops’.”

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Other players are calling on Game Freak to fix the unstable performance, citing missing features such as Spectator Mode, which makes the matches more visually accessible to both players and the public.

With no word from Nintendo or Game Freak on when patches are expected for Scarlet & Violet, it’s likely that the Pokemon VGC games could run into similar issues in the coming weeks or months. Hopefully, more information about plans for improved performance will become available soon.

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