Nintendo’s Current Legal Troubles – Could Mean Bad Things For Indie Games On The System
Nintendo currently finds itself in the middle of a legal battle that could have far-reaching implications. US-based Gamevice has filed an official complaint with the US government hoping to ban sales of the Nintendo Switch in the United States. It’s hardly newsworthy to learn that Nintendo is having to do battle in court, at this point their lawyers must live at the courthouse.
Nintendo finds itself in a precarious position
This is unlike other suits that Nintendo has found itself in. For starters, this isn’t a court case in the traditional sense. The complaint is being investigated by the United States International Trade Commission. Gamevice has called for a ban on imports of the Nintendo Switch console. The complaint is based on the idea that the Switch violated patents filed by Gamevice. We’ve placed a screenshot of the complaint from the USITC website.
Should the unthinkable happen
Should Gamevice get its way and imports on the Switch were to come to an end, that would be a huge blow to the Japanese company. Sadly, it wouldn’t end there. The Switch has cemented itself as a home for indie games. Many indie titles have found success on the system.
Should imports of the console become banned in the United States, that’s going to hurt indie developers who are betting big on the system. A ban on the system could easily lead to a scenario where people lose interest in the console in the US. Suddenly, before anyone knows what’s happened people are getting rid of the console, and it’s died a slow and painful death.
This would cut off an entire revenue stream for indie devs. While it wouldn’t kill the indie market by any means, there are quite a few indie devs that would feel the loss of the Switch. While this is a nightmare scenario, it’s highly unlikely that this is what will happen.
No one knows what the future holds
While no verdict has been issued in the case yet, it’s only a matter of time before a ruling is issued. Depending on the ruling, the video game landscape in the United States could change drastically. Should that change happen there will be reverberations felt all throughout the game industry.
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