Pokemon via copier? Nintendo is suing game studios over characters

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The world gaming scene is dominated by the Palworld shooter phenomenon. With 25 million copies sold, the Japanese company Pocket Pair ranked among the most successful gaming companies on the market.

However, not everyone is happy with the studio’s success – in particular, another Japanese studio, Nintendo, behind the world-famous Pokémon, is more than happy about the game’s extraordinary success. Since the beginning of January, Nintendo representatives began to notice the similarities between the two games. The most striking are the so-called “Pals”, serving as your helpers. You can catch and tame them just like Pokemon.

In addition to a similar system, the creators from the studio were not afraid to be inspired by the appearance when creating their monsters. With evidence that the game was after all inspired by the anime phenomenon, he came on his account at https://twitter.com/Palworld_EN/status/1750103684971987108?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1750103684971987108%7Ctwgr%5E148a2343fee205d288d7095b455a385a23fd71a3%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgame8.co%2Fgames%2FPalworld%2Farchives%2F448171 fan when he compared 3D models of individual Pals to Pokemon. The result confirmed a great inspiration in the creation of monsters.

After the video was published, the management of the company decided to comment on the whole situation on the Pokemon website. “We take the protection of intellectual property seriously at the company and will be addressing the situation in the coming weeks.”

This would not be the first lawsuit filed by the company in the past two months. According to The Verge, at the beginning of March, Nintendo decided to sue the company Yuzu, which is behind the system that allows you to play games from the Nintendo Switch console on a computer. As compensation, they demand 2.4 million dollars, i.e. roughly 56 million crowns.

A Chinese manufacturer also wants to make a living from the phenomenon

The case of intellectual property intensified with the recent announcement of the Chinese gaming giant Tencent. According to the Bloomberg agency, the gaming company dealing mainly with remakes of successful games for mobile devices revealed that two studios under its wing – Timi and Lightspeed – are working on games similar to Palworld.

Nintendo’s competitors from Japan and China don’t like that they would be left with 15 percent of sales after paying for the license – that would be more money than the $6.7 million for which the studio Pocket Pair Palworld managed to create.

However, if Nintendo sued the studio and won the case, not only would the small 55-member studio have to pay a huge fine, but both Chinese studios would also have to acquire a license for a similar game.

Rocket success

The dispute over who inspired whom and how takes place against the backdrop of the massive success of Palworld. With 25 million copies sold, the Japanese firm ranks among the most successful game companies on the market.

It held more than 1,850,000 concurrent players on the gaming platform Steam a week after its release, making it the game with the second highest number of concurrent active users.

According to information from the end of March, the success of the game marked the best February in the history of the Xbox gaming console, where the game is free as part of a subscription.

According to information from https://twitter.com/Palworld_EN/status/1750103684971987108?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1750103684971987108%7Ctwgr%5E148a2343fee205d288d7095b455a385a23fd71a3%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgame8.co%2Fgames%2FPalworld%2Farchives%2F448171 the creators are working on several extensions to the game, but the primary thing for them is to work on bugs. “Palworld far exceeded our development goals. First, we plan to fix the bugs that are in the game, and then we will move to work on implementing new mechanics,” the studio shared its plans. According to the employees, the possibility of duels, where the player competes against the player, should be the first to arrive in the game.


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