Nintendo is suing 51-year-old Canadian hacker Gary Bowser. Bowser manufactures and sells Nintendo Switch mod chips, which allow users to customize their console. Oddly enough, Gary Bowser will face Doug Bowser, the current CEO of Nintendo America, in court.
Nintendo is one of the strictest companies when it comes to hacking and customizing their consoles. The Japanese hardware maker is therefore cracking down on hackers such as Gary Bowser and his team, called Team Xecuter. Members of this team have long been on Nintendo’s radar for modifying both the Nintendo Switch and the company’s older consoles. In the latest lawsuit, Nintendo is asking for $ 2,500 per console released, $ 150,000 for each copyright infringement, and the complete cessation of Gary Bowser’s activities.
Team Xecuter denies all allegations of piracy and copyright infringement. The team, in turn, accuses Nintendo of censorship and harassment. According to an earlier ruling by the US Department of Justice, Team Xecuter is using gamers’ desire to modify their own game consoles to perform illegal activities. He mainly focused on hacking Nintendo Switch games.
Gary Bowser is currently being held in a US prison. Frenchman Max Louarn is also blocked due to his involvement in Team Xecuter. China’s Yuanning Chen, another prominent member of the team, is still at large.
Bowser verus Bowser
The funny detail is that the CEO of the lawsuit, namely Nintendo America, shares the last name of the top hacker. Doug Bowser has been at the head of the American branch of Nintendo for several years. During his appointment, there were many humorous comments about his last name. Bowser is also the name of the rival architect of Nintendo’s popular plumber, Mario.
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