Nintendo Cuts Ties with Pokémon Leakers

By Alistair Jones on at

Nintendo has publicly named the outlet responsible for a suite of Pokémon Sword & Shield leaks, saying that it will no longer work with the website concerned. In a joint statement, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company said that a reviewer for Portuguese website FNintendo had "failed to handle confidential material."

A series of images leaked ahead of the release of Sword and Shield, revealing a number of new Pokémon several weeks ahead of schedule. Nintendo says that it "identified a number of photographs taken from game play that revealed multiple new and unannounced Pokémon" from the latest games in the franchise. "These Pokémon were leaked by a reviewer for the Portuguese website FNintendo [...]  As a result, Nintendo will no longer work with FNintendo."

In its own statement, FNintendo's staff said that they "fully respect Nintendo's decision [...] and accept that we will no longer receive products from Nintendo, nor will we be invited to attend their events," and issued an apology to the two companies, "and to our readers for letting them down."

It's not entirely surprising that Nintendo would look to cut ties with the person who leaked so much of one of their biggest games of the year, but for the publisher to be quite so public about their retaliation feels largely unprecedented. Presumably the intent is to dissuade other outlets from following suit further down the road, so it'll be interesting to see whether their efforts pay off.