Nintendo Files Lawsuit Against Hacked Goods Business
In a step towards the battle of video game piracy, Nintendo of America has filed a lawsuit against a business known for selling unauthorized games and devices that allow one to bypass the security measures Nintendo has in place to play unauthorized titles on their 3DS and Wii consoles.
HackYourConsole.com, the business being hit with the lawsuit, offers not only devices such as the R4 and not-yet-released Gateway for the 3DS but services to hack into the customer’s Wii to allow use of illegal software. These devices and services might seem innocent and a way for people to get the chance to play a game they might not have otherwise. But it doesn’t change the affect it has on profits that those developers would see from legit sales. Co-founder and director of Renegade Kid, Jools Watsham remarked:
“Piracy on the Nintendo DS system has a huge impact on games sales. It can affect everyone involved, including the many honest players out there. If independent studios, like ours, are unable to recoup the money they invest into game development, through the sales of their games, we will unfortunately see fewer independent games developed in the future.”