Big N prepares to sue Florida resident for illegally selling titles and crack devices for consoles. Digital piracy still a problem.
Nintendo of America is filing suit against the owner of HackYourConsole.com, based in the Southern District of Florida, the company said in statement today. The website in question “blatantly” sells unauthorized Nintendo titles along with crack software, compromising Nintendo DS and Wii systems.
“Illegal copying of video game software is an international problem that continues to stifle the growth of the creative development community,” Nintendo said a press statement.
The site offers crack devices, like the R4, which are used to bypass the security measures within hardware systems, allowing users to run music, eBooks, and illegally copied games on a single cartridge. The HYC site owner also offers, for a fee, hacking services to modify the Wii console, enabling illegal software to play on the system.
Currently, the site is preparing the R4 version for the 3DS, dubbed, Gateway, which houses a similar functionality to the aforementioned crack card. Naturally, crack cards compromise the integrity of game sales across the country and world; and has been a ongoing problem for years. Torrent sites have whole games sections, listing thousands of video game torrents available for illegal download. Minecraft, BF3, NBA 2K13 and GTA are among the listed torrents, but existing lists are far more extensive.
Indie dev, Renegade Kid commented on the issue: “Piracy on the Nintendo DS system has a huge impact on games sales,” said co-founder and director of Renegade Kid (Mutant Mudds), Jools Watsham. “It can affect everyone involved, including the many honest players out there. If independent studios, like ours, are unable to recoup the money they invest into game development, through the sales of their games, we will unfortunately see fewer independent games developed in the future,” warns Watsham.
Big N is presently working with various law enforcement authorities and trade organization, Entertainment Software Association, to prevent digital piracy on a “global scale.”
Nintendo encourages gamers to report illegal game copiers or any pirate-related activity to this number, (800) 255-3700 or email. Stay tuned as this story develops.