Nintendo of America has been awarded $ 2.1 million in damages after winning a lawsuit against pirate game seller RomUniverse. Nintendo originally filed the lawsuit in September 2019, and the company asked for $ 15 million in damages. Although the case was settled in Nintendo’s favor, the judge chose a lower number: $ 2,115,000.
TorrentFreak first reported the Nintendo victory last week.
RomUniverse was originally run by California resident Matthew Storman, who claimed in court that he did not upload pirated games himself. But in its original complaint, Nintendo said that the site allegedly offered memberships for as much as $ 30 per year, allowing subscribers to download games faster than non-subscribers.
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Nintendo has previously won similar cases, in both US and UK courts, including a $ 12.2 million settlement with ROM sellers. The company is known for cracking down on those it perceives as stealing its intellectual property; Several lawsuits are being targeted by Nintendo Switch hackers and resellers.
The actions are not limited to civil proceedings only. In 2020, two hackers – including one named Gary Bowser – were arrested and charged with 11 crimes. Nintendo also filed a lawsuit against Bowser this year, alleging similar copyright infringement for making and selling Switch hacks. Nintendo called this type of copyright infringement a “serious, aggravated international problem” in one of its previous lawsuits.