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Pokemon Sword and Shield leakers hit by lawsuit from developers

Published: 26/Nov/2019 10:23

by Paul Cot


Remember the Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks from the, at the time, unreleased strategy guide? Well, the Pokemon Company were less than happy about them and have taken legal action against the leakers in a new lawsuit.

The lawsuit targets three unknown US residents who were allegedly the first to share images from the Pokemon Sword and Shield strategy guide. These images spread like wildfire through various websites and social media platforms after they first surfaced.

Included in the leaks were the evolutions of the Gen 8 starter Pokemon — Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble — and several Gigantamax species. The lawsuit contains 38 exhibits used as evidence, of which 19 are the leaked images.

Pokemon CompanyThe strategy guide leak appears to be the first to reveal the Galar starter evolutions…

People working on the development of Pokemon Sword and Shield, and those with access to unrevealed information surrounding the game, are required to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). These are legally binding contracts preventing those who sign them from sharing details with a third party.

The Pokemon Company (TPCi) seems particularly upset about the release of what they consider secret information. The lawsuit even alludes to their intention of not sharing these details before the game’s release on November 15.

“There is value in this secrecy. The videogame industry is highly competitive with thousands of new games released annually. To maximize consumer interest and excitement in new Pokémon games, TPCi and its partners carefully time announcements about new Pokémon, features and functionality,” part four of the introduction within the lawsuit states.

It goes on to say: “TPCi seeks to hold Defendants responsible for their misappropriation of TPCi’s confidential and trade secret information, and requests all appropriate relief including but not limited to injunctive and monetary relief, damages, an accounting, and attorneys’ fees.”

Prior to these being leaked on November 1, there had been months of leaks relating to Pokemon Sword and Shield, although none of them could prove to be 100% credible. Given a lot of these were random anonymous forum posts, it seems Nintendo and the Pokemon Company weren’t too concerned with them.

There were also substantial datamines in the days leading up to the release but it isn’t clear how the dataminers got their hands on a copy of the game.

We’ll have to wait and see how the case, first reported by Forbes, plays out and will continue to keep you updated with any further developments.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.