May 27, 2023

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Bowser bashed with a further $10 million fine in Nintendo piracy lawsuit

Gary Bowser is a 52 year-old Canadian and a (presumably former) member of a group...

Gary Bowser is a 52 year-old Canadian and a (presumably former) member of a group of hackers called Team-Xecuter, which specialised in 3DS and Switch modification devices. Last month we reported on him pleading guilty to two charges in a case brought by Nintendo: “conspiracy to circumvent technological measures and to traffic in circumvention devices” alongside other members of Team-Xecuter, and “trafficking in circumvention devices.” This saw Bowser facing a potential ten years in jail and fined $4.5 million.

Now Gary Bowser, who is no relation to the Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser, nor the King of the Koopas Bowser, has been slammed with an additional $10 million in damages, thanks to a separate civil suit brought by Nintendo (thanks, VGC).

This case is distinct from the federal lawsuit, which even the US Justice Department is involved with, which could still see Bowser end up in jail. Bowser’s plea deal offered Nintendo $4.5 million, as well as promising to help find other members of Team-Xecuter, in exchange for which the prosecution waived a bunch of the other charges: Nevertheless, the judge warned that Bowser may yet face prison time for the two counts he’s pleaded guilty to, each punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

A passenger uses a Nintendo Switch to play video game 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' on a subway train of Beijing Subway Line 1 on June 14, 2020 in Beijing, China.

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Bowser was arrested in the Dominican Republic in 2020 and extradited to the US to face 11 felony counts, including wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. You can certainly see why he’s tried to cut a plea deal: And let’s be real, unless the guy happens upon an infinite block of gold coins, he’s unlikely to end up paying Nintendo $14.5 million in total, especially if he does go to jail.

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