Bowser to Pay Nintendo $4.5M Restitution

Bowser to Pay Nintendo $4.5M Restitution

The alleged leader of the hacking group Team-Xecuter has reportedly admitted taking part in a piracy conspiracy against Japanese gaming giant Nintendo.

Canadian national Gary Bowser, who is also known as GaryOPA, was arrested in October last year on suspicion of creating and selling illegal circumvention devices that enabled users to hack video game consoles so they could be used to play pirated copies of authentic gaming titles. 

Consoles against which the device was effective included the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition, the Sony PlayStation Classic, and the Microsoft Xbox.

In April 2021, Nintendo of America’s president, Doug Bowser (no relation), filed a lawsuit against Gary Bowser accusing the Canadian of running a “pirate operation” that infringed upon Nintendo’s copyright by creating and selling hacks. 

Gary Bowser, aged 52, was charged with 11 felony counts, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to circumvent technological measures and to traffic in circumvention devices, trafficking in circumvention devices, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. His alleged conspirator, Frenchman Max Louarn, faces the same charges.

Bowser was deported to the US after his arrest in the Dominican Republic in September 2020. While initially denying the allegations, Bowser

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