The Pokemon Company settles lawsuit over Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks
Posted on June 22, 2021 by Brian(@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News, Switch
At the end of 2019, The Pokemon Company filed lawsuits against leakers that had made certain information about the games known prior to release. The defendants were involved with uploading pictures to the internet that revealed unannounced Pokemon and alternate forms from the official strategy guide.
We now know that one defendant took these photos while working for the company that was hired to print the strategy guide. A second person involved in the lawsuit ended up posting the images to Discord. According to The Pokemon Company, they soon spread to a “worldwide audience”.
The lawsuit has now come to a conclusion. As published in official court documents, the defendants are each required to pay $150,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees.
Outside of what was covered in this particular lawsuit, Pokemon Sword and Shield were impacted by other leaks as well. Portuguese website FNintendo published leaks of its own, which resulted in a blacklist from Nintendo.