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Nintendo | Anti-Piracy

EDITOR’S UPDATE: While the article assumes the leak was a pirated copy of Pokémon X, the reality is it was just an early-bought copy. As we all know, an early copy bought legitimately cannot possibly be piracy. We’re sorry for the mistake, and we’ll make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Original article:

Nintendo tends to be pretty proactive at fighting piracy. Throw Pokémon into the mix, and everyone within the vicinity should probably run for cover. Case in point, Pokémon X and Y comes out this Saturday, but, recently, a stray copy of X managed to leak out to one Instagram user, kosthedin. He then posted pictures of the game while answering questions about it on Instagram. Nintendo was not happy.

According to kosthedin’s post, soon after Nintendo sent a representative to the game store that leaked the game to kosthedin. According to kosthedin, the rep said that “heads were rolling at Nintendo because of the leaks.” To minimize the repercussions to the store and the employee that leaked it, who was a friend of his, kosthedin surrendered his copy and took down all the associated images off of his Instagram account. These images can still be found circulating around other video game websites.

Most news about piracy and Nintendo usually involves Nintendo going through legal channels to crack down on organized piracy. Their most recent one was a lawsuit against HackYourConsole.com which sells flashcarts and various other devices for playing pirated games. This is the first story I’ve heard of that targets an individual. Looks like it doesn’t take that much to rouse Nintendo’s ire when it comes to piracy.

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