As Pokemon Sword and Shield was nearing its release last year, the numerous Pokemon in the game along with some game content started getting leaked. The images of the Pokemons and even their minor details could be found on the internet. You could easily stumble upon a new piece of information about the game. Some fans got spoiled by the leaks while others chose to spoil themselves.
Looks like Nintendo was chasing this anonymous leaker. The Pokemon Company along with Nintendo have come across the identity of the offender. The leaker turned out to be someone belonging to a games media website called FNintendo. This person was given early access to Pokemon Sword and Shield for review purposes. Nintendo severed ties with the website and that writer. Here is the official statement:
In early November, Nintendo identified a number of photographs taken from game play that revealed multiple new and unannounced Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. These photographs had been posted online and Nintendo, together with The Pokémon Company, quickly identified the person responsible for these leaks, and took immediate action.
Nintendo went on to say:
These Pokémon were leaked by a reviewer for the Portuguese website FNintendo, who had received an early copy of the game for review purposes. Both he and FNintendo failed to handle confidential material, resulting in a clear breach of the confidentiality agreement between Nintendo and the media outlet. As a result, Nintendo will no longer work with FNintendo .
They further added:
Nintendo will always protect its intellectual property and brands. Leaks hurt not just Nintendo, but the thousands of employees who work hard to bring games to market, and the millions of fans around the world who look forward to news and surprises.
To surprise and delight players through new experiences is a shared passion for Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. We will pursue all avenues to preserve surprises for players of future Pokémon titles.
FNintendo also issued a statement in reply. They admitted to leaking confidential information and violating embargo deadlines. The publication discarded their relationship with the collaborator who was responsible for the leaks. In the end, they apologized to Nintendo and The Pokemon Company and accepted their punishment.
Leaking confidential information and going against agreements is a cardinal sin in media. The consequences of such actions are easy to forget. This situation reminds us of the value of maintaining journalistic integrity and respecting agreements.