The Pokémon Company has filed a lawsuit against six Chinese companies over a mobile game for “piracy and unfair competition”. It is asking for more than $72 million in damages and asking for a public apology on major social media platforms, game sites and app stores. The proposed apology tour will include Sina.com, Tencent.com, and NetEase.com, as well as on major mobile app stores.
Originally reported by The South China Morning Post, Pocket Monster Reissue is a mobile game where you collect non-Pokémon and battle them in a turn-based system featuring artwork that has “similarities” to popular characters from Pokémon franchises, like Ash Ketchum. Games videos in Chinese video sites shows that most trainable monsters are of original design, but One video there is an unedited Clefable and Granbull. I also caught a glimpse of a character that appeared to be N words Black Pokémon and White. Kotaku reached out to Nintendo for comment, but had not received a response at the time of publication.
Pocket Monster Reissue has been active on major Chinese app stores since 2015, according to the filings of one of the defendants, Jiangyin Zhongnan Heavy Industries Co., the game made more than $4 million a month in its first year. and the company’s profit has been increasing year by year . Since the lawsuit was announced, the game maker and industrial pipe (I know!) 6 percent off in stock prices.
Pokémon only recently started to officially enter the Chinese market. Pokémon Sun and Moon to be The first game to receive an official Chinese port. Pokémon To go has been banned since 2017 due to traffic safety concerns, but that have not stopped Chinese players from the search solution to play any game. Even after decades without an official game release, Pokémon To be extremely popular in China. My childhood summer was filled with smuggled trading cards and plastic toys, so it’s no surprise that Reissued earn millions from IP every year.
Kotaku contacted Jiangyin Zhongnan Heavy Industries to ask if they anticipated Nintendo’s response when the game was initially released, but had not received a response at the time of publication.
Hopefully, Zhongnan Heavy Industries sticks to making metal pipes instead of video games.