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Popular TikTok user and Twitch streamer Pokeprincxss has been forced to rebrand and hand over money to Nintendo after being sued by the company.

Gaining a mighty 1.9 million followers on TikTok and more than 50,000 followers on Twitch, the star has been selling merchandise based around her branding and also trademarked her username. Her name and merchandise are both inspired by the Pokémon franchise, with items including imagery of things like Poké Balls.

The star has taken to YouTube to explain the reasoning behind her sudden channel name change, telling viewers that she'll now be known as digitalprincxss, dropping the 'Poke' from the name altogether. "I was young and dumb and I was just going full force with it because I didn't know what I was doing was wrong," she says (thanks, GameRant).

Pokeprincxss – now digitalprincxss – has received a cease and desist from Nintendo, and believes that it may have been issued thanks to the merchandise imagery, her trademark, and the fact that she also works in the adult entertainment industry, presuming that Nintendo might have wanted to distance itself to keep up with its family-friendly image.

Speaking on Twitter, she has since said, "Reminder to please be kind to Nintendo and not harass them. I am on Nintendo’s side and even though I showed emotion about the name change I still respect and understand why did had to. I love Nintendo and so should you."

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