Nintendo Files Lawsuit Against HackYourConsole.com
Every now and then a person has a light bulb ignite in their head about a great idea that revolutionizes the way we play games. Most recently the Oculus Rift made headlines when it was demonstrated as having the ability to bringing High Definition VR gaming closer to being a reality. If the Oculus Rift does not pull a Peter Molyneux and actually delivers this could be one of the biggest leaps in gaming since console gaming became a thing.
On the other hand, every now and then a person has a light bulb flicker vaguely in their head before the glass shatters, embeds in their brain and they come up with a great idea like HackYourConsole.com. Understand that it is one thing to quietly run a black market style phone cracking service out of your garage (side note! We are not actually condoning this behavior. Its locked for a reason! LEAVE IT ALONE!) for your local criminal masterminds.
It is quite another to get a domain name like HackYourConsole.com and create a global business focused on selling unauthorized copies of Nintendo games and game-copying devices that are used to get around those pesky things like protection measures that are in the Nintendo DS Family of hand held devices. In fact, the operator (for a fee of course), also provides services to hack the Wii console and allow the play of illegal software (think burned games).With this kind of money making strategy it was only a matter of time before Nintendo gathered up their army of Attorney/Ninja-Cyborg hybrids and unleashed the full fury of the Mushroom Kingdom all over HackYourConsole.com by slapping a nice little lawsuit on the owner of the site.
“Piracy on the Nintendo DS system has a huge impact on games sales,” said Jools Watsham, co-founder and director of Renegade Kid. “It can affect everyone involved, including the many honest players out there. If independent studios, like ours, are unable to recoup the money they invest into game development, through the sales of their games, we will unfortunately see fewer independent games developed in the future.”
The only question that was raised in my mind is “How long did the owner of this site really think he could get away with advertising that he will make it possible to illegally play these games and not get sued?”… I simply do not understand how anyone could think that they can go up against a company like Nintendo and try to make money off doing something illegal. Not even drug dealers advertise that hard! To be honest this would be the local equivalent of standing at the a.t.m. with a sign that says I am robbing your bank account information. Eventually SOMEONE is going to slap the Diddy Kong out of you because you are trying to rob from them and they have some form of training that you simply do not possess.
Moral of this story ladies and gentleman is that if you absolutely feel the need to start a business try not to center your entire financial model around stealing from a major player in the gaming industry. Chances are it is not going to work out for you.