The launch of Pokemon Sword & Shield was full of controversy for various reasons. One of those was the leaks that came to the internet on the premiere of both titles. In response, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo initiated an investigation to locate and punish the leaker in some way.
The company even reached legal instances and sued several people responsible for exposing important information ahead of time. The matter is not over yet, because now Nintendo located an important source of leaks.
According to the details, one of the leaks is part of the Portuguese publication FNintendo, who had early access to the titles and made the bad choice to reveal vital information about it. For this reason, Nintendo decided not to collaborate again with this media or its collaborator.
In a statement, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company referred to the leaks in November, where screenshots were revealed that showed new creatures in the franchise. The companies investigated and found the culprit.
“These Pokemon were leaked by a reviewer for the Portuguese website FNintendo, who had received an early copy of the game for review purposes. Both he and FNintendo failed to handle confidential material, resulting in a clear breach of the confidentiality agreement between Nintendo and the media outlet. As a result, Nintendo will no longer work with FNintendo,” the companies said.
Nintendo stressed that it will always do its best to protect its intellectual properties and its brand. In addition, it made it clear that leaks not only hurt the business, they also affect employees who work hard in the development of games.
“To surprise and delight players through new experiences is a shared passion for Nintendo and The Pokemon Company. We will pursue all avenues to preserve surprises for players of future Pokemon titles,” the companies added.
After what happened, the FNintendo media also issued a statement. In it, the website stated that it broke relations with its collaborator. It also took the opportunity to apologize to Nintendo and The Pokemon Company.
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are now available for Nintendo Switch.