June 23, 2021

Pokémon Sword and Shield leakers must each pay $150k damages

Two fans who leaked details of Pokémon Sword and Shield back in 2019 will be forced to pay $150k - each.

Newly-filed court documents show The Pokémon Company has now reached a $300k settlement with the pair, who are described as having stolen "trade secrets" by snapping "illicit pictures from an unreleased strategy guide" (thanks, Polygon).

One of the defendants was discovered to have been employed at LSC Communications, the company which had printed the Pokémon Sword and Shield strategy guide. The other defendant was identified as the individual who had then received photos of the guide via a group chat and posted them onto Discord, making them public.

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