The Pokémon Company settled its lawsuit with two Pokémon Sword and Shield leakers and the defendants are now required to pay $150,000 each in damages and attorney fees. Pokémon Sword and Shield was released initially on November 15, 2019. The leakers posted 18 photos of the unreleased Pokémon Sword and Shield strategy guide onto Discord on November 1, 2019, however, the official strategy guide was not released until November 22.
Nintendo has since blacklisted the Portuguese site. Additionally, at the end of 2020, there was a leak that said a DLC expansion pass was on the way but that was proven untrue as its expected release day came and went without any new content. Now, fans aren’t sure there will be any more DLC for Sword and Shield, especially since there are already two.
Because of the leaks, a lawsuit was filed in November 2019 and it was settled this past Tuesday (via Polygon). As a result of the lawsuit, The Pokémon Company was able to find out that one of the two leakers worked at the company that was hired to print the strategy guide, while the other leaker is who actually posted the photos on Discord. The leaked photos from the strategy guide showed previously unknown features, including the Gigantamax form of some Pokémon. Leaving things for players to discover on their own is a good thing, even though some fans felt this leak was evidence of the confirmation that some favorite components, like a national Pokédex, would not be included.
With over 800 Pokémon in existence now, the franchise isn’t going to slow. What the hackers did was wrong, and they are paying for it. It won’t change the outcome of their actions, but hopefully, the leakers having to pay The Pokémon Company $150,000 as a settlement will dissuade future hackers and leakers. Only time will tell if there is a lasting change.
- Pokémon Sword & Shield leakers must pay Nintendo $ 150,000 each
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