Pokémon doesn’t just delight children. In Hoyerswerda, Saxony, two adults argue over a duel in a virtual arena. In the end the police have to be involved.

Two men clashed in Hoyerswerda, Saxony, over a duel in a virtual Pokémon arena. Now there is even an investigation on suspicion of bodily harm. 

One probably fought the other’s Pokémon and occupied the arena – much to the other’s dismay, as the police announced on Monday. Accordingly, the dispute over dominance in the virtual world escalated: there were scuffles between the 52-year-old and the 50-year-old. 

On Sunday, the two went to the police, who are now investigating the 52-year-old on suspicion of assault and the 50-year-old on suspicion of threats. According to their own statements, the police did not end the occupation of the arena because the Pokémon activities are a matter of civil law.

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