The Pokémon Company has reportedly settled a lawsuit against two people that leaked Pokémon Sword and Shield before its 2019 release. According to Polygon, the two defendants will have to pay $150,000 each in damages and attorney fees.
Based on court documents that were discovered by Gamesindustry.biz, it is believed that the defendants “stole trade secrets” from the organization by “taking illicit pictures from an unreleased strategy guide.” Moreover, the filing said that this judgment is final and, therefore, cannot be appealed.
In 2019, images from the games’ official strategy guide were shared on Discord, providing viewers with their first look at previously unannounced features in the game. As a result, The Pokémon Company filed a lawsuit against these two leakers in November 2019 before eventually discovering that one of the defendants worked for the business that was printing the guidebook. Later on, it was determined that one of the defendants shared these photos with the other defendant, who eventually posted the pictures online.
This isn’t the only legal battle The Pokémon Company is involved in. At the beginning of the month, the organization filed a lawsuit against six Chinese companies for alleged copyright infringement. That lawsuit is still ongoing.