Hacking on the Switch is proving to be a real problem for Nintendo, but it’s an issue the company is tackling head-on. The firm has already won lawsuits against online stores that resell devices capable of “jailbreaking” the Switch, obtaining $ 2 million in damages following a case. His efforts to protect his system have also resulted in arrests, a sure sign that Nintendo isn’t playing games when it comes to rooting out Switch hack.
The company recently took another decision against an individual offering online hacking tools, after filing a lawsuit against Amazon seller Le Hoang Minh, who is accused of selling RCM Loader, a USB device that enables users bypassing Nintendo’s copyright measures and downloading pirated files and unauthorized software to the console.
Filed Wednesday in a Seattle court, the trial (obtained by Polygon) sees Nintendo claim that piracy of software of this nature is a “serious and growing international problem”. The lawsuit also confirms that Nintendo initially issued a DMCA notice to the seller, who then (perhaps recklessly, we would dare) counterclaim, allowing the listing to be activated again. The only way to remove the list a second time was to file an infringement complaint, which is exactly what Nintendo did.
Nintendo is claiming $ 2,500 in damages for each violation, which it has obtained in two previous lawsuits of this nature. In those lawsuits, the vendors were accused of distributing hardware and software tools created by Team Xecuter, the group from which the aforementioned arrests were made earlier this year. Team Xecuter makes money from their work, which has made the group very controversial, even in hacking circles; Earlier this year, the Xecuter team said they were “not happy” with what they called “censorship” and “fear tactics”.
Nintendo did not say that the vendor in question distributed Team Xecuter products, but did mention in the lawsuit that it was selling Team Xecuter’s SX OS software and other hacking programs with the RCM chargers it had listed on Amazon.