Nintendo has taken down what appears to be a large-scale Wii and DS mod chip operation in Hong Kong.
A company press release said that Hong Kong’s High Court issued the order for the raid, which occurred earlier this month. It took Nintendo reps three full days to seize over 10,000 mod chips and other game copying devices from the Supreme Factory Limited. As described by Nintendo:
The game copying devices connect to the Nintendo DS and are used to copy and play game files offered unlawfully via the Internet. The mod chips allow the play of pirated Wii discs or illegal copies of Nintendo games downloaded from the Internet.
The Supreme Factory Limited has connection to a French company called Divineo SARL as well as its owner Max Louarn (Louarn has quite the history… give him a Google). All three are named in the legal action and have had their assets frozen by Hong Kong High Court.
Said Jodi Daugherty, Nintendo of America’s senior piracy fighter:
Piracy affects the entire video game industry, from large companies to independent developers. It can destroy years of hard work by a team of very talented software developers, who strive to create games consumers enjoy playing. Copying the developers’ work and spreading the game files globally is blatant stealing.
The Nintendo press release recounted past successes against copying device manufacturers, including a $5 million judgment against Lik Sang in 2005.