U.S. Seeks 5-Year Prison Sentence for Nintendo ‘Hacker’ Gary Bowser
The U.S. Government is seeking a five-year prison sentence for Gary Bowser, a member of the infamous Nintendo modding group Team-Xecuter. The prosecution argues that a tough sentence is needed to send a clear message to other criminals. Bowser’s attorneys disagree and note that their client was used by other group members who, unlike him, probably made millions.
Hacking group Team-Xecuter was a thorn in the side of major gaming companies for many years.
The group offered hardware and software solutions that allowed people to install and play unofficial games and pirated copies on various consoles, including the popular Nintendo Switch.
For many years Nintendo attempted to stop the group but failed to do so. This eventually prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to step in and following a thorough investigation, three members of the group were indicted in 2020.
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