Sunday, March 26

The Pokémon Company Launches Lawsuit Over Imitation Mobile Game | Digital Trends Spanish


the Pokemon Company is suing six Chinese mobile game companies for copyright infringement and unfair competition over pocket monster reissue (Koudaiyaoguai Fuke in Chinese), a game he says bears a striking resemblance to the popular IP.

According to a report from the South China Morning PostThe Pokémon Company, which will release Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in November, filed an order with the Shenzen Intermediate People’s Court for the companies to stop the development and sale of Pokémon. Pocket Monster Reissue in mobile stores in mainland China, including those run by Tencent, Huawei and Xiaomi. It is also asking for 500 million yuan ($72.5 million) in damages that have resulted from the unauthorized operation of the game.

Jiangyin Zhongnan Heavy Industries, one of the accused companies, said in its stock exchange filing that it had been running Pocket Monster Reissue without the express permission of The Pokémon Company since its release in 2015. The game generated more than 300 million yuan in total revenue, with a monthly turnover of more than 30 million yuan, in 2016. Five years later, the revenue from the company soared to 481.6 million yuan, and now has a market capitalization of 6.1 billion yuan.

Zhongnan said it was “impossible to judge the impact on the company’s current or future earnings” because the case has not yet been heard in court. Still, The Pokémon Company is demanding that the company and five others take down the game and issue apologies to players on mobile store apps and popular Chinese websites, including Tencent.com and NetEase.com.

Although The Pokémon Company licenses the game series to various countries, censorship laws and vague regulations have made it impossible for some Pokémon games to be distributed in China. already banned pokemon go for security reasons in 2017, only to lift the ban the following year after Niantic partnered with NetEase to localize the game in the country. Any other bans or regulations that China has placed on other Pokémon games in the past have to do with some elements that are offensive to the government and its culture.

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