Court documents which were recently filed for Nintendo’s case against two fans–who leaked information on Pokémon Sword and Shield in 2019–has revealed that a settlement has been reached in favor of the Japanese company. The fans were originally accused of stealing trade secrets from Nintendo by photographing an unreleased strategy guide for the aforementioned Pokémon titles.
The document also unveiled that one of the defendants was working at LSC Communications, the company that printed the guides for Pokémon Sword and Shield. This employee took photos, which were then sent to a group chat. This lead to the second defendant, who decided to post the photos to Discord.
The settlement Nintendo will receive is $300,000, with each defendant responsible for paying $150,000 to The Pokémon Company. This is for damages, legal fees, and other costs.
Of course, this was not the only leak before Pokémon Sword and Shield’s release. A 4chan info-dump included accurate details on both games six months before their launch. Early gameplay also made its way online before the official review embargo was lifted, resulting in that publication being permanently blacklisted by Nintendo.
Nintendo is notorious for protecting its intellectual properties, and will use legal action against those who infringe on the company’s copyright. Nintendo recently won a lawsuit against RomUniverse. The owner of the ROM-hosting site was ordered to pay $2.1 million in damages to Nintendo.
Nintendo has two upcoming Pokémon games, with the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes arriving in November, while Pokémon Legends: Arceus will launch shortly afterward in January 2022.