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Monday, April 10, 2023

Nintendo Rightfully Goes After The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Art Book Leakers

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Those losers ought to have their livelihoods ruined.

I have nothing but pure contempt and disgust for consumer product leakers. Scum of the universe. Recently, an art book for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was leaked, and Nintendo of America would like to know how that has happened. (I myself haven't looked at the leaked documents, and I don't plan to.) The leaks originated from a Discord server falsely claiming to be an “Official Discord Server” for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. (Which upsets me as someone who moderates multiple official Nintendo of America Discord servers.)

Nintendo (and/or its representatives) sent a DMCA request to Discord to get the infringing content removed from there, as well as a subpoena to Discord to learn more about who the villains are. One imagines they seek a repeat of when The Pokémon Company International went after the Discord users who leaked the Pokémon Sword and Shield: The Official Galar Region Strategy Guide. That ended up with the companies figuring out that Portuguese site FNintendo was one of the villains, but the primary villains around the strategy guide were several named dudes, including one of the people who worked at the guide printer. TPCi successfully determined, from the information Discord provided them, who the leakers were, and they got a settlement from them per court order. It was a fruitful exercise and they proved this can work. I mean, even the American government goes through the same process, and no one doubts that will get a result. (They have a bit of a similar situation right now, in fact.) Discord is used to the process. Don't feel like they're a victim in this. Nintendo is the victim here. YOU are a possible victim here.

Discord Tears of the Kingdom leak server PDF Pirate
The PDF Pirates knew exactly what they were doing.
...By the way, I'm interested in what those other servers are that the Nintendo plant is in.
Are those for other investigations, or are they for personal enjoyment?

Disturbingly enough, there are several people I've seen defend these rancid leakers, or characterise Nintendo as somehow being the bad guys here. Saying stupid stuff like “Nintendo is punching down.” As if people are supposed to accept that as a point in and of itself, like saying that something is a “social construct.” Apparently things like law and trust only apply to people above you. No need to concern yourself with being accountable for your mistakes. Only the upper class needs to do that. (And it's that kind of thinking that will keep you low on the totem pole. Which is where you belong.)

Or some people in comments sections call this “anti-consumer activity.” Well, they're consuming an art book without paying for it, that's for sure, and not only that, but they are making a big public deal about distributing it to as many people as they could get in contact with. These aren't hapless fans trying to spread love (you might find that defence made on, for example, fan-made games); these are awful people that know they are doing something wrong by looking to spoil something that's not out yet and ruin the surprise for you. By definition they didn't pay for that art book. (Ideally, they never will be able to pay for the art book or the full 70 USD The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom game because the culprits will be too broke after paying damages to Nintendo.)

Like, really? Someone does that and leaks the game's assets out, and your position is that Nintendo is supposed to be grateful about it? I'd be pissed off if I was Nintendo. I mean, you can read my tone in this article and figure out that I'm pissed off without me being Nintendo. I have the empathy to know how that feels for Nintendo (and its employees) to know that some sneaky jerks ruined years of build-up and planning. And it also means that either a Nintendo employee or Nintendo business associate has broken a non-disclosure agreement, and it is definitely worth finding out who that is so they are never working in the industry ever again. If you can't trust them with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you can't trust them with anything.

Was Ludwig way too aggressive in this article? Are you one of the people that believes that leakers should be unpunished? Let KoopaTV know in the comments section below. He will forever maintain that leaks benefit no one and are only harmful.


  1. I wonder why it's just happened now, so close to release date. I guess I'd like to know when the book was finished, but you'd think they'd want to leak it before we knew anything about the game. You know your one friend whose says that their uncle works for Nintendo? It was probably that guy.

    1. They leaked it before the 13 minute presentation happened, so it was well before we knew much of what was going on with the game.

    2. Even if it was after, the point of the leak isn't necessarily to spread information, but rather to brag about how awesome they are and in-the-know to have this information no one else has.


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