A strange thing is happening to a very specific group of people: People playing Pokémon Sword & Shield are seeing their Roku streaming devices crash.
Initially discovered on Reddit, there seems to be a connection between playing the recently released Pokémon game and their Roku devices crashing and entering a boot loop.
According to some research by Reddit user u/MazInger-Z and their wife, The Nintendo Switch, when playing Pokémon Sword or Sheild, will broadcast a proprietary signal via Bluetooth to nearby devices. This signal is accidentally picked up by Roku devices and it tries to read the signal. But since it’s proprietary, the device gets confused and critically fails. The running theory is that the signal is the Switch trying to find other people playing Pokémon nearby.
Fortunately, the Roku developers are not only aware of this bizarre issue but have already pushed out an update for all devices affected. So if you have a Roku device, you should perform a software update in the settings menu.
Alternatively, setting your Nintendo Switch into Airplane mode has proven to prevent this strange issue.
This is a funny situation that no one could have seen coming.