Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against Gary Bowser, the “leader” of the Xecuter team of creators of the piracy. Bowser and another member of Team Xecuter, Max Louarn, have been arrested and charged with 11 criminal charges in 2020, according to the verege.
The new lawsuit alleges that Bowser violated Nintendos copyright in creating and selling the hack, the lawsuit filed in Seattle court is looking into indicting Bowser with two counts of smuggling and one copyright infringement.
Nintendo described the Bowser operation as an “international piracy ring” selling pirated Nintendo Switch hardware designed to circumvent the company’s security measures, allowing buyers to play pirated Nintendo Switch games.
Nintendo has previously filed multiple lawsuits against vendors of hacking tools – including the SX Pro, SX Core and SX Lite, which are three devices used to hack the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite.
According to the lawsuit, Bowser has created and sold Nintendo pirate hardware since at least 2013, when he distributed a device designed to hack the Nintendo 3DS.
During the lawsuit, Nintendo documented a long history of Bowser’s Switch hacks, as well as detailing how the devices functioned.
Nintendo has focused much of its legal efforts on sellers in the past, with several lawsuits being filed over the past few years, one of which won the company a $ 2 million settlement, and last Thursday Nintendo won a court order in a lawsuit that was filed last November targeting a vendor affiliated with the company. Amazon.
Previously, Nintendo described piracy on the Nintendo Switch as “a serious and exacerbating international problem, and in its latest lawsuit last Friday, attorneys said that Bowser merchandise” continues to put more than 79 million Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite consoles at risk of piracy. ”
Team Xecuter operates as a for-profit company and sells tools used to hack Nintendo hardware. Some video game preservation advocates argue that video game piracy can be used to document and preserve games, but Team Xecuter has always been a controversial organization because of its methods.
Nintendo is looking for damages – $ 2,500 per device trafficked, plus $ 150,000 per copyright infringement, and Nintendo also wants to shut down Bowser’s operations forever.