Games publishers' trade organisation UKIE has stated that for every game that is legitimately purchased, four are illegally pirated.
Nintendo is getting serious about the rampant piracy problem it faces with illegal online sharing of DS and DSi games, with the latest news that a Japanese DS software pirate has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.
The Tokyo District Court has granted an injunction against the sale of R4DS carts, which enable gamers to download and use pirated Nintendo DS games.
One major aspect of Nintendo's latest handheld refresh, the beauty that is the Nintendo DSi, was the attempt to crack down on software piracy.
Bad news for fans of 'homebrew' on the Nintendo DS (read: illegal file-sharing pirates) with the revelation today that Nintendo's new DSi console will not run copied games saved on an R4DS cartridge.
A British woman has been fined over £16,000 for putting a game file on an online sharing network. Topware Interactive won damages of £6,086.56 plus costs of £10,000 in this landmark case against the woman who shared a copy of its game, Dream Pinball 3D.
ExclusiveJapanese video game giant Nintendo filed a lawsuit against five firms in Japan for selling R4DS cards and other similar devices that enable illegally downloaded games to run on DS.
The R4DS is becoming more than a slight pain in the neck for Nintendo. It’s becoming a major piracy threat, hence the Japanese gaming giant is attempting to outlaw Japanese firms from selling the devices.