Nintendo of America is continuing its crackdown on Nintendo Switch piracy and hacking groups this year with a new lawsuit filed against Gary Bowser, who is said to have been one of the leaders of the group ‘Team Xecuter'.
The lawsuit, which was spotted by Polygon, alleges that Bowser infringed on Nintendo's copyright by creating and selling hacks/mods for the Nintendo Switch console. The lawsuit aims to charge him with two counts of trafficking and one count of copyright violation. Nintendo seeks $2,500 for each trafficked device and $150,000 for copyright violations.
Nintendo describes Team Xecuter is an “international pirate ring”, whose main goal is to circumvent security measures and pave the way for pirated games to run on the Nintendo Switch. This all links back to events that took place in May 2020, when Nintendo filed lawsuits against retail sites planning to stock Team Xecuter's hardware modifications for the Switch, including the SX Core and SX Lite, both of which would enable pirated games to run on the console.
Since stopping these devices from circulating, Nintendo has been identifying the developers and going after them too. Two Nintendo hackers were arrested last year, one was sentenced to three years in prison for hacking Nintendo servers and other offences, while the other was a member of Team Xecuter, who faces 11 felony counts.
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KitGuru Says: Piracy has been a major issue for Nintendo's handheld consoles over the years but so far, Nintendo has been able to keep the Switch in a good position.