Beware, kids and squids
Here’s a bit of a public service announcement for Splatoon 3 players out there. We’re sure most of you wouldn’t do this anyway, but if you’re in the Splatoon 3 hub and you see random QR codes popping up in player profiles, do yourself a favor and don’t scan them.
People have been using Splatoon 3’s illustrations feature to add QR codes to their messages that appear in the hub/on their profiles. Most people are using these for good, creating QR codes that link to Splatoon art, YouTube highlights, or social media handles. Unfortunately, there’s always some bad eggs out there as well, and they’re using QR codes for more nefarious purposes.
Some have started noticing that some people have created QR codes that are out to scam players. These codes could link to NSFW imagery, sites that try to steal personal info, and more. Again, most people are employing QR codes for good, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
While we’re all curious to see where a QR code links when we see it pop up in Splatoon 3, it’s best to leave it be and move on.