The United Kingdom has agreed to rule in favor of Nintendo by blocking several websites (and platforms) that allow game piracy on Nintendo Switch.
During the hearing, the Japanese company pointed out four such websites that continue to infringe on Nintendo trademarks. The high court of the United Kingdom was also reminded of the absence of any law that defends the modification of Nintendo Switch hardware to enable piracy. In addition, Nintendo noted that several attempts have already been made to hack the current system software, which the company’s engineers have been able to block by closing a loophole used by these websites to install custom hardware on Nintendo Switch.
The injunction now requires five major internet service provides of the United Kingdom — Sky, BT, EE, Talktalk, and Virgin Media — to immediately “block, or at least impede access” to the websites put forward by Nintendo. While the names of the websites are missing (for obvious reasons), Nintendo did confirm that they help distribute pirated games and information on how to mod Nintendo Switch.
“Today, the UK High Court found the sale and distribution of ‘circumvention’ devices for the Nintendo Switch unlawful,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer this morning. “Nintendo is pleased that the UK High Court has confirmed that dealing in devices or software that enable piracy on Nintendo Switch systems is unlawful.
“This decision will help protect the UK games industry and the more than 1800 developers worldwide that create games for the Nintendo Switch platform, and who rely on legitimate sales of games for their livelihood and to keep bringing quality content to gamers.”
Piracy is a form of illegal activity, period. Many try to justify it by painting different shades of grey such as it being okay to pirate a bad game. There’s no excuse to side with piracy because you ultimately support a black market that hurts studios worldwide. Today’s court ruling was a major win for Nintendo.