Nintendo admits it released a new Switch model to fight piracy

Nintendo admits it released a new Switch model to fight piracy

Tech Highlights:

  • The documents – which were unearthed by Axios – offer the first instance of Nintendo admitting that it had released a new version of Switch to combat piracy: Nintendo has had to release a new version of our hardware in response to one of these hacking tools, and this modification entailed countless hours of engineering and adjustments to our global manufacturing and distribution chains and, of course, corresponding resources. To be clear, these effects are a direct result of the defendant and Team Xecutor attacking our technological protection measures.

  • Last year, Nintendo was successful in getting Gary Bowser, a member of Team Xecutor, sentenced to prison for allegedly causing the Japanese business to lose millions of dollars through the sale of piracy-enabling hardware and software. Court records have finally been made public, filling in some of the gaps in the case, in which Bowser was convicted to three years in prison and had to pay an exorbitant fine.

The statement, which was read out in court, presumably relates to the 2018 update of the base Switch console. Court documents state that Nintendo claims the process of updating its hardware and enforcing its IP has cost it more than $65 million.

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