Monday, November 29th, 2021

Switch Hacking Group Leader Gary Bowser agrees to pay Nintendo $ 4.5 million

No, thankfully this Bowser wasn’t responsible …

Members of Team Xecuter, a piracy group known for exploiting vulnerabilities in video game consoles and marketing and selling Nintendo hacks, agree to waive their right to a trial in front of a jury. , Admitted two cases of plea.

Gary Bowser, who was first arrested last year after many years of crimes against Nintendo and other console makers, said “a plot to evade technical measures and attempt to traffic circulatory devices” and “trafficking evasive devices.” Was charged with. Both fees can result in imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $ 250,000 ($ 500,000 in the latter case), and a compulsory special assessment fee.

The incident, which is documented to have affected Nintendo, Sony, Sega, C64, and Atari, was “more than $ 65 million to victims over $ 150 million after Team Xecuter sold illegal hacking devices and pirated software. It said it caused a loss of less than a dollar. It also mentions that “illegal companies” included a core group of individuals such as Max Louarn and Yuanning Chen, and various names such as Axiogame.com and Maxconsole.com were used.

As part of his guilty plea, Bowser must pay Nintendo of America a prorated amount of $ 4.5 million (this number is paid by Bowser alone and is billed separately). You do not pay with the defendant). Bowser also needs to disclose all his assets and agree to a “waiver of contraband.” That is, many hard drives, smartphones, modchips, Nintendo Switch, and SNESmini confiscated from his residence in the Dominican Republic.

A complete copy of Gary Bowser’s judicial transaction can be found here (thanks to TorrentFreak).