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2 members of the Switch piracy group Team Xecuter have been arrested

It is an understatement to say that Nintendo has been fighting to stop Team Xecuter from modifying and pirating their 3DS and Switch hardware and trying to profit from it. Nintendo’s fight isn’t over, but the company’s persistence is paying off. According to the Department of Justice, “two leaders of one of the world’s most notorious video-game piracy groups, Team Xecuter, have been arrested and are in custody facing charges filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle”.

They also said that the two “were charged in a federal indictment unsealed today. The indictment alleges the defendants were leaders of a criminal enterprise that developed and sold illegal devices that hacked popular video-game consoles so they could be used to play unauthorized, or pirated, copies of video-games. The enterprise targeted popular consoles such as the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition, the Sony PlayStation Classic, and the Microsoft Xbox. Each defendant is charged with 11 felony counts, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to circumvent technological measures and to traffic in circumvention devices, trafficking in circumvention devices, and conspiracy to commit money laundering”.



  1. “These defendants lined their pockets by stealing and selling the work of other video-game developers – even going so far as to make customers pay a licensing fee to play stolen games,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Moran for the Western District of Washington.

    I never heard of these guys until now, but the fact that they weren’t already caught sounds kind of impressive.

    Guess they should have stopped while they still could. Stood no chance against the big N.

  2. Well, Microsoft and Sony where also after them, Nintendo was just more prominent as they sold more Nintendo consoles than PS/Xbox. But this is also why I don’t understand why people think others can just upload and sell things on the internet without getting caught just because they use a fake name and/or vpn

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