Infamous Nintendo hacker Gary Bowser has been released from federal prison and will now have to pay $10 million as a fine to Nintendo.
‘Bowser’ was a part of Team Xecutor who used to provide Switch owners with a way to hack their device and play pirated games on it. According to NintendoLife, the individual is currently out early from prison for good behaviour and will be returning to Canada.
Talking to a popular modder and gamer on YouTube, Bowser said, “The maximum amount the company can take is between 25 percent and 30 percent of your monthly gross income, and I have up until, like, six months before I have to start making payments.”
Bowser allegedly worked as a salesman for the hacker group Team Xecuter and also managed a website that often reviewed the group’s wares, receiving $500 to $1000 per month in revenue from the business. Over the course of seven years, Bowser is said to have earned about $320,000 from Team Executor, who reportedly gained millions of dollars.
Reports suggest that the company wanted the punishment to be even rigorous and said they wanted to set an example for other Nintendo hackers.
Very Significant Moment For Us – Nintendo
In an official statement, Nintendo said, “This is a very significant moment for us. It’s the purchase of video games that sustains Nintendo and the Nintendo ecosystem, and it is the games that make the people smile. It’s for that reason that we do all we can to prevent games on Nintendo systems from being stolen.”
Team Xecuter reportedly offered Nintendo console users mods that let them play pirated games. Since that allowed Xecutor consumers to access Nintendo’s games without having to pay for them, Nintendo naturally didn’t like.
This is not the first time that the gaming developer has done something like this, as earlier the company asked Discord to provide the list of individuals who shared the art book for one of their games.