The controversy surrounding Pokémon Sword and Shield never ends! These games were plagued by online negativity due to the lack of a National Dex and other issues, and the situation was exacerbated by leaks. The Pokémon Company essentially lost all control of the narrative surrounding these games. Unsurprisingly, they’ve been relentless in their pursuit of these leakers, and they’ve made serious progress. According to a Forbes report, four leakers have been identified, but there’s a catch.
The Pokémon Company vs. Sword and Shield leakers
The Pokémon Company has teamed up with Perkins Coie to track down and prosecute the Sword and Shield leakers, and they believe they’ve found them. Four Discord accounts have been linked to the leak, but at this time, the people behind these online personas remain unknown. As such, Perkins Coie intends to subpoena Discord (as well as 4chan) to learn those identities.
Perkins Coie argues that The Pokémon Company suffered “irreparable damages” from the leaks. They point to leaked images of new Pokémon (via a strategy guide) as a particularly egregious offense. They intend to sue, but the amount they are seeking has not yet been established.
Calling in the big guns
The Pokémon Company really isn’t playing around here. The firm they’ve chosen, Perkins Coie, often handles high profile clients with monumental cases. They’ve represented massive tech companies like Google and politicians like Hillary Clinton and Al Franken. They even once successfully convinced the Supreme Court that the United States government had overstepped its bounds with its military commissions. In other words, the Sword and Shield leakers are facing a tough legal battle.
It will be interesting to see how Perkins Coie attempts to establish damages here. They claim the leaks hurt them in “irreparable” ways, but we also know that the games are selling at a record-breaking pace and generating a tremendous amount of revenue.