Nintendo has decided to tighten the screws on hackers who sell software that allows users to hack their Switch. These products allow users to download pirated versions of the OS(Operating System) and disable the security measures in the Switch that are meant to prevent users from installing pirated games. Nintendo claimed that this is hurting the company in a big way and decided to take action. They have gone ahead and filed two lawsuits, one in Ohio against the operator of the website “UberChips” and the other in Seattle against several hackers who are part of a group called “Team Xecuter”. The company is looking for a compensation of $2,500 per violation and also an injunction to prevent the hackers from selling any more products. Earlier the “UberChips” website was down for ‘scheduled maintenance’. The website has since been updated and states that an “unfortunate set of events has happened” and that they will be processing refunds for all pre-orders of their SX-Core and SX-Lite kits immediately.
The pre-orders were apparently for products that would allow buyers to circumvent the “un-hackable” security measures that Nintendo had implemented in the Switch Lite and the newer version of the Switch. Unlike the previous versions that were mainly software-based hacks, the SX-Core and SX-Lite are kits that require soldering an additional component onto the board of the console. The reaction from Nintendo is understandable as the company relies on game sales for its revenue more than it does on console sales. The website also reportedly used to sell similar products for other consoles from Nintendo and the PlayStation Mini. We are not sure at this point if the company plans to take any action to block the hundreds of devices already sold with the illegal kits installed. This is not the first lawsuit that the company has filed against a ‘Team Xecuter’ reseller. Nintendo has fought and won several cases in the past. The company has also been successful in stopping the sale of such software and pirated games on various websites.
These are not the only lawsuits that the company has been a part of recently. Nintendo was at the receiving end of an (attempted) injunction by gaming company Gamevice. The company is behind the Wikipad- a detachable controller for android phones. Gamevice alleged that the detachable controllers on the Switch were copied from the Wikipad and wanted a ban on sales of the Switch in the US. Nintendo won the case back in March of this year. But Gamevice has not given up and is planning to file more lawsuits with similar claims. It seems like 2020 is all set to be a big year for the Switch with record sales due to Animal Crossing, production delays and shortage because of the Covid-19 situation and now these lawsuits. While Nintendo ensures that the software on their consoles is not cracked, you can ensure the same doesn’t happen to the screen of your Switch. Get a Command Case - Nintendo Switch Carrying Case from Manji, built with ultra-durable materials and ribs that protect your device from a fall.