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Gary Bowser, a hacker, pleads guilty to piracy charges and agrees to pay Nintendo $4.5 million.

Initially, the Team-Xecuter member disputed the charges.

Gary Bowser, a member of the Team-Xecuter hacking organization, has pled guilty to charges connected to the selling of hardware and software that allowed individuals to play unapproved or pirated games on multiple consoles, including some from Nintendo. It comes after Nintendo of America, which has both a president and a renowned character named Bowser, filed a lawsuit against the hacker earlier this year.

The Department of Justice described Team-Xecuter as one of the world’s most infamous videogame pirate outfits, selling numerous tools that allowed purchasers to defeat console manufactures’ security measures.

Bowser, according to Nintendo’s complaint, has been manufacturing and distributing Nintendo hacking devices since at least 2013, and has marketed them for the DS, 3DS, and Nintendo Wii; the group is well-known for its Nintendo Switch modchips. Last October, he was arrested with Max Louarn, another member of Team-Xecuter, and charged with 11 felony offenses.

Team-Xecuter has maintained that their products allow customers to make valid backups of cartridges and play homebrew games and that it is not a “copyright-infringing ring of software thieves.” Nintendo was also accused of censorship, monopolistic control, and legal scare tactics. Those that create systems and games disagreed with this assessment. Nintendo was particularly irritated, and the US government joined it in its pursuit of Team-Xecuter last year.

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Bowser, a Canadian national, was detained in the Dominican Republic in September 2020 and deported to the United States. He first contested the claims, but subsequently agreed in a plea deal to conspiracy to evade technical safeguards and trafficking in circumvention devices, both of which carry maximum terms of five years. He has also agreed to pay Nintendo $4.5 million in reparations and to assist in the recovery of any remaining Team-Xecuter assets.

Max Louarn, a 48-year-old French national, was also “arrested overseas in connection with the accusations in this case” last year. The US government is requesting that Louarn be extradited to the United States so that he can face trial there.

Max Louarn, a 48-year-old French national, was also “arrested overseas in connection with the accusations in this case” last year. The US government is requesting that Louarn be extradited to the United States so that he can face trial there.

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  • News, Accessed Nov 1, 2021.
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Md Asiqur Rahman Khan

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