The Pokémon Global Link Service, used by many since Pokémon Black and White up until Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon, will soon be shut down. On February 24th, 2020 users will no longer be able to access any gameplay features in Pokemon Sun, Pokemon Moon, Pokemon Ultra Sun, and Pokemon Ultra Moon that require a connection to the PGL - this includes Rating Battles and QR Rental Teams. Players will still be able to use online functions that don’t require the PGL.
With this announcement, Pokémon Sword and Shield will provide services similar to the PGL’s Rating Battles and Online Competition features. More information can be found here.
Author’s note: Did you ever use Pokémon Global Link? While I didn’t, it’s sad to see the service go. I have high hopes for Pokémon Sword & Shield’s new service. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!