A Nintendo Switch modification kit retailer is expected to be ordered to pay $2 million in damages

It's just one retailer out of eight.

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2020年10月2日, 午後 07:33 in egmt

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In May of this year, Nintendo of America filed two lawsuits against retailers who were selling modding kits that allowed users to play illegal copy games on the Nintendo Switch.

A proposed final judgment has been drafted for one of them, ordering the retailer (mail-order site) Uberchips to pay $2 million to Nintendo, and the case is reportedly on its way to resolution.

Documents discovered by TorrentFreak, which covers copyright infringement and digital property rights news, show that both litigants have agreed to resolve the issue, although they have not yet been signed by a judge.


In addition to the $2 million in damages to be paid to Nintendo, the proposed judgment also imposes a permanent injunction against UberChips prohibiting it from destroying digital files and physical devices that infringe Nintendo's copyrights and selling similar products.

It's worth noting that UberChips is only one of the companies that resold the "Team-Xecuter hacking group's modding kits" and the lawsuit was filed after the company's website was taken offline for "scheduled maintenance". This is just the tip of the iceberg in the investigation of modding kit vendors, and they are not going to stop pursuing the case just because they stopped selling the kits.

Eight other retailers have been sued for selling Team-Xecuter modding kits, but Nintendo has not yet been able to identify the individuals who run them, apparently.

Nintendo's ultimate goal, presumably, is to expose Team-Xecuter. However, the group is committed to going through resellers rather than selling the products themselves, which makes it difficult for Nintendo to sue directly through its primary means of "injunctive action against distributors".

However, Nintendo names "an anonymous group of hackers called Team-Xecuter” in the UberChips trial complaint, and it's clear that they are a target. In order to catch the nasty opponents, the claims for damages against the resellers may continue to become increasingly frustrating.

Source: TorrentFreak

Via: Gamasutra

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.


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