Nintendo Hacker Bowser Pleads Guilty to Hacking; agrees to pay the company $ 4.5 million

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Nintendo has finally caught up with Bowser.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – 03/2021/03: Bowser decorative sticker on a glass wall inside Nintendo Tokyo store in Shibuya.

No no thant Bowser.

The man in question is not a Koopa King, but a person – Gary Bowser, a Canadian hacker who ran the Xecuter hacking group, which sold Nintendo hacking tools.

After initially denying his involvement, Bowser has now pleaded guilty to conspiracy and hacking charges, PCMag reports. But in addition to serving up to 10 years in prison, he also agreed to pay Nintendo a massive $ 4.5 million fine.

Bowser’s hacking group has had a long, troubled history with Nintendo and also made a mint for him. According to court documents, it was revealed that Xecuter was making “tens of millions of dollars” selling hacking devices.

Bowser is said to have taken around $ 320,000 each year for himself.

The hacking devices sold by Xecuter were essentially custom firmware that allowed people to play pirated games on Nintendo consoles like the Switch, writes PCGamer.

In addition to running Xecuter, Bowser was also the manager of the MaxConsole.com website. The website was, according to the original PCMag report, known for examining hacking tools used on Nintendo consoles and games.

But it is not only him who attacks the slammer for pirating video games. Other members of Xecuter have also been charged, including Frenchman Max Louarn and Chinese Yuanning Chen.

The trio are still awaiting conviction as of this writing.

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How did Nintendo catch this guy?

As mentioned earlier, Nintendo has long been aware of Xecuter’s activity and the damage it causes to the company for every sale of video game hacking tools.

 Nintendo Switch Display

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HONG KONG, CHINA – 2021/09/15: A store selling a Japanese multinational video game brand, Nintendo Switch products seen in Hong Kong.

Nintendo initially sued the guy in April for one count of copyright infringement and two counts of traffic for sales of pirated products by Xecuter.

In addition to making a lot of money, the sales of these hacks that allow piracy were not doing Nintendo any favors. IGN Southeast Asia reported that for every tool sold, they were doing around $ 2,500 in damage.

As for their copyright infringements, they were causing approximately $ 150,000 in damages for each infringement they did.

Nintendo’s STRICT anti-piracy crackdown

If there’s one thing you need to know about this longtime Japanese game publisher, it’s that they absolutely hate pirates. The company has been leading its own crusade against video game piracy for years, and Gary Bowser isn’t the only big fish they’ve caught.

In June, it was reported that the company had won a $ 2.1 million lawsuit against the ROMUniverse website, which allegedly distributed pirated Nintendo games available for anyone to download.

The guy who ran the site was Matthew Storman, a Los Angeles resident, who made the biggest mistake to appear in court, according to PCGamer.

In doing so, he essentially sealed his fate in court against a multi-billion dollar company. ROMUniverse’s roughly two-year adventures came to an abrupt end, depriving Storman of his income – an average of $ 30,000 to $ 36,000 per month for Premium ROMUniverse subscriptions.

Nintendo just doesn’t play against pirates at all.

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