While some studios do not react to leaks about their games, others go to court. For example, advocates The Pok?mon Company now track down people who leaked information about Pok?mon Sword & Shield before release of the game.
As Forbes reports, the company is trying to establish the identity of users who 1 Nov published in black & white images of previously unseen pokemon from the game manual. Soon after the leak was posted on 4chan, Facebook, Twitter and Imgur, and also at Polygon Dot and Esports. According to the lawsuit, in total, the company found about 300 pages on dozens of platforms.
Attorneys from the law firm Perkins Coie, which was previously hired by Google and other tech giants write that the leaks caused “irreparable damage” to Sword & Shield and the company “is entitled to damages in an amount to be proven at trial”.
While The Pok?mon Company has identified four users shell, which is believed to be one person provided the image of leadership, at that time still had not managed to get out. The defendants either published or helped to publish the leak on the Internet.
The company has been unable to establish the identity of hiding behind nicknames. The plaintiffs also want the court to get help from Discord and 4chan in search of the main culprit.
This is the second time in the last month and a half when a large company decided to sue the authors of the leaks. Earlier, Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against the two testers who leaked information about the update, Chapter 2 for Fortnite.