Nintendo Sues a Hack Seller: The Battle Against Game Piracy Drags On


Boston Wu , Junior

Once again, Nintendo has found itself in another battle against game piracy after taking legal action against a reseller of products.

Unlike the situation where a woman named Luz Sanchez sued Nintendo over a common defect found in Joy-Cons known as “Joy-Con drift,” Nintendo of America has filed a lawsuit against Amazon seller, Le Hoang Minh, for bypassing Nintendo’s copyright protections. 

This was done through the selling of a device known as an RCM Loader, which according to Nogales High School student, Cesar Ramirez, essentially, “… hacks into the Nintendo Switch to jailbreak it.” 

This gives users the ability to easily pirate games, which, according to Nintendo, “… discourages innovation and new game development which ultimately affects the customer,” continuing to be a threat to game companies around the world. 

Initially, in a Seattle court, Nintendo issued a DMCA takedown notice to Le Hoang Minh, demanding that the Amazon listing be removed. However, the seller responded with a counterclaim, which compelled Amazon to relist the product. In response to this, Nintendo decided to file an infringement lawsuit against him. 

This lawsuit is just one of the many lawsuits filed by the company against hack sellers. Earlier in May, Nintendo filed two other lawsuits against individuals who sold similar products from the hacking group known as “Team Xecuter” and ended up winning the case with a $2 million settlement. 

Additionally, the leaders of that group were arrested earlier in October, each one charged with 11 felony counts.

According to Nintendo, they oppose those who, “… benefit and trade-off the creative work of game developers, artists, animators, musicians, motion capture artists, and others.” They plan on continuing to fight against the growing issue. 

As for Le Hoang Minh’s current situation, Nintendo is now seeking $2,500 in damages for each infringement.