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Bowser pleads guilty on two charges
A member of Team Xecuter, a piracy group known for exploiting vulnerabilities in video game consoles as well as marketing and selling Nintendo hacks, has agreed to waive his right to be tried before a jury and has pleaded guilty to two charges.
Gary Bowser, who was initially arrested last year following years of crimes against Nintendo and other console manufacturers, has been charged with ‘Conspiracy to Circumvent Technological Measures and to Traffic in Circumention Devices’, as well as ‘Trafficking in Circumvention Devices’. Both charges can result in a maximum of five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 ($500,000 for the latter), and mandatory special assessment charges.
The case, which has been documented as impacting Nintendo, Sony, Sega, C64 and Atari, states that Team Xecuter’s work selling illegal hacking devices and pirated software has caused “more than $65 million and less than $150 million in losses to its victims”. It also notes that the “illegal enterprise” included a core group of individuals, including Max Louarn and Yuanning Chen, and used a variety of names such as Axiogame.com and Maxconsole.com.
As part of his guilty plea, Bowser must now pay Nintendo of America an apportioned sum of $4.5 million (this figure is Bowser’s to pay alone, not in conjunction with other defendants who will be charged separately). Bowser must also disclose all of his assets and agrees to an “abandonment of contraband”, meaning that he must consent to the destruction of a number of items which were seized from his residence in the Dominican Republic, including lots of hard drives, smartphones, modchips, a Nintendo Switch, and a SNES mini.
The full copy of Gary Bowser’s plea agreement can be found here (with thanks to TorrentFreak).
[source torrentfreak.com, via torrentfreak.com]
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Comments (31)
SigmaNoire
Looks like Nintendo attracts Bowsers of all occupations and motives.
NDragon1412
So Bowser attacked Bowser’s company, only for Bowser to win in then end.
IronMan30
You just can’t make this stuff up.
RasandeRose
Very, very Good news
bluemage1989
I like to think this is the secret brother of Doug Bowser and both have taken different sides in some sort of life long Nintendo themed struggle. Who knows if they will ever reconcile.
Silly_G
Bowser vs. Bowser.
Bowser wins!
Silly_G
@bluemage1989 : Or perhaps Gary is the Wario to Doug’s Mario.
SamirMalik
Why destroy those consoles when Nintendo should be in their right to confiscate and fully refurbish them with fresh OS updates….
CEObrainz
I wonder if in the future he’ll release a biography called Bowser’s Inside Story.
dew12333
"a piracy group known for exploiting vulnerabilities in video game consoles"
This same sentence should be included in the articles talking about fan projects because it is exactly the same scenario.
clianvXAi
When a device can be hacked with a small piece of tinfoil, that’s pretty laughable mr Bowser.
kobashi100
This guy must have made some serious paper.. nobody better claim Nintendo going after the little guy. This dude became super rich!
Gwynbleidd
@dew12333 uhm no? Not only it isn’t the same on a legal point of view, but if a fan project clearly and evidently states that it’s a fan project and doesn’t ask for money, they could also let it live as it really doesn’t damage anybody. I suppose every country has some weird amount of laws though.
Thelastjedi2007
@Silly_G then who’s Luigi?
Zyph
Bowser still won. Though still very unfortunate for Bowser. I bet Bowser’s happy.
Daniel36
@bluemage1989 That’s a movie I’d go see!!
Silly_G
@Thelastjedi2007 : Don’t be silly. Palette-swapped people don’t exist in real life.
MrGawain
It’s very easy to think of a hacker as a kid in a hoodie on a skateboard who breaks into companies to hone his skill for fun, but when you hear he’s able to pay four and a half million dollars, it really puts into perspective the sort of criminal this guy is.
westman98
SO LONG GARY BOWSER
dew12333
@Gwynbleidd I didn’t say that they were doing any of the things that you say, I stated they use the same ways to break into the games.
ModdedInkling
@SamirMalik
It’s not like they would sell refurbished consoles. The model that Gary Bowser had was likely the 2017 model; the one that Nintendo phased out in 2019 by removing the paper clip exploit.
EliteXeos
If this article was published on Kotaku, they’d be praising him for hacking lmao
GameOtaku
I’m kinda surprised. I thought his relative would’ve gotten off easier. It’s way to much of a coincidence for both the head of NOA and this guy to share the same family name.
Gwynbleidd
@dew12333 how can you know that? A project made from scratch is different from a rom hack. Fan projects include the former too.
andykara2003
Yes!! Get them Nintendo. If you’re going to provide hacks to the world, make sure they don’t allow the play of current gen games! Otherwise enjoy Nintendo’s team of world class lawyers.
Xiovanni
I can’t believe Bowser did such a thing to Bowser!
Arkay
@EliteXeos which is why kotaku is a laughing stock
Pod
Reverse engineering privately owned pieces of electronics shouldn’t be a crime in and of itself.
Distributing knowledge of how to do it shouldn’t either.
Now, making money on promising people they get out of paying for copyrighted material?
That one’s a little more dicey.
I hope he’s got the dough to pay what he agreed on.
It’s silly to make example cases out of people like this, where they need to go to jail because they can’t pay exorbitant fines.
Darkyoshi98
Hahahaha good I’m glad go Nintendo
UltimateOtaku91
Bowser always loses in the end
durrdevil
I use SXOS. It’s a great custom firmware. It’s dead now though there hasn’t been an update in almost a year. They’ll probably never come back. But who knows.
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