Pokecord is one of the largest bots for Discord and was used by millions of players and was on almost 1.3 million servers. In a pretty shocking turn of events, it looks like Pokecord has been shutdown. Reasons aren't fully clear why, but we'll take a look at what is currently known about why it happened.
We only know one thing for sure right now. It looks like Miles, the creator of the bot, grew tired of the work and maintenance of it. Here is his final message to the community:
Hey @everyone, I'm sorry to announce that effective immediately, Pokecord is shutting down.
It's been a wild ride, going from a project I used to learn to code to one of the biggest bots on Discord used by millions of people in almost 1.3 million servers. For this I'd like to give a huge thank you to everyone who made it possible by playing and sharing the bot with their friends.
Unfortunately this unexpected growth also comes with a lot of added work and stress, and after two and a half years of maintaining and updating the bot, it's with a heavy heart that I've decided to bring it to an end and move on to other projects.
Thank you all once again for joining us on this journey.
For any problems or questions, the [email protected], email will remain active until July 1st.
I think like others, most assumed it might have been shutdown by Nintendo or Game Freak who own the franchise. Based on the message, it looks like that must not have been the case. The bot appeared to be particularly difficult to maintain, it had some issues with scaling, due to the massive popularity of it. The server and bot itself experienced many bouts of downtime and slowdowns due to the strain.
For now, it appears that the project just became too much for the developer to handle. We'll be monitoring the story to see if any new information is revealed on why the bot was shutdown for good.