Despite all the friendliness of its famous mascot, Nintendo does not usually joke with those who attack its property head-on.
The company may well maintain a monastic silence on everything connected directly or indirectly to piracy, when the ax falls, so do the heads. Nintendo struck a $ 2 million deal last year with Uberchips.com, which shamelessly sold software programmed by hackers to Team-Xecuter in order to hack the very transportable Switch. Today, one of its members with a somewhat predestined name receives a heavy fine, which once again sounds like a red flag for all the smart guys of the same type.
Small reminder of the facts: following the procedure initiated in the fall of 2020, Nintendo intended to tackle the roots of the piracy problem. He therefore directly sued the well-appointed Gary Bowser, member of Team-Xecuter, arrested alongside Frenchman Max Louarn, owner of the name. Both were prosecuted for “Conspiracy to circumvent technological measures and trafficking in circumvention devices”. A turn of the calendar later, the sentence fell, and the expectations of the judgment just uploaded therefore display the amount of the fine. The latter amounts to 4.5 million dollars, or about 3.9 million of our euros.
Gary Bowser having chosen to plead guilty, he therefore receives a “reduced” fine, since the document produced by the Seattle District Court estimates that the losses caused by the person concerned and his various sites lie somewhere between the amounts. colossal 65 million and 150 million dollars in total. Nintendo is not the only player in the industry affected, since Sony, Sega and Atari are also listed. During his seven years of activity, Bowser would have pocketed the sum of $ 320,000, or approximately 275,000 euros.
The person concerned must now pay “immediately” the amount of the fine, and destroy in the process the incriminated software, alongside several hard disks, which nevertheless prevents him from risking up to ten years in prison in the worst case. The case is far from over, since other members of Team-Xecuter have yet to appear in American justice.