Switch
Image: Nintendo Life / Damien McFerran

Last year, Nintendo was successful in securing a jail term for Team Xecutor member Gary Bowser, who was accused of causing the Japanese company to lose millions of dollars via the piracy-enabling devices and software he sold.

Court documents are now available which fill in some of the additional detail relating to the case, in which Bowser was sentenced for three years and ordered to pay an extortionate amount of cash as a fine.

The documents – which were unearthed by Axios – offer the first instance of Nintendo admitting that it had released a new version of Switch to combat piracy:

Nintendo has had to release a new version of our hardware in response to one of these hacking tools, and this modification entailed countless hours of engineering and adjustments to our global manufacturing and distribution chains and, of course, corresponding resources. To be clear, these effects are a direct result of the defendant and Team Xecutor attacking our technological protection measures.

The statement, which was read out in court, presumably relates to the 2018 update of the base Switch console. Court documents state that Nintendo claims the process of updating its hardware and enforcing its IP has cost it more than $65 million.

[source axios.com, via eurogamer.net]