Newly filed court documents for Nintendo’s case against two fans–who leaked details on Pokemon Sword and Shield in 2019–have revealed in a $300,000 settlement being reached in favor of the Japanese company. The pair was originally accused of stealing trade secrets from Nintendo by taking photos of an unreleased strategy guide for the Pokemon games.
The documents also revealed that one of the defendants had been employed at LSC Communications–the company responsible for printing the Pokemon Sword and Shield guide–while the other defendant had received the photos from a group chat and then posted them onto Discord. Each of the defendants will have to pay out $150,000 to The Pokémon Company for damages, legal fees, and other costs.
This wasn’t the only leak before the launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield, as a 4chan info-dump provided accurate details on the games six months before they launched, while early gameplay footage went online ahead of the official review embargo, resulting in that publication being permanently blacklisted by Nintendo.
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