Nintendo lawyers reportedly put a stop to big E3 leaker for 'misappropriation of trade secrets'

Put some flex tape over those leaks

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 11, 2019 at 6:35 a.m. PDT

E3 is the biggest time of year for those looking forward to new video game announcements, but early leaks also run rampant online in the days and weeks leading up to the event — as we saw happen with Bandai Namco this year.

One such leaker, a Twitter user going by the name of Sabi, was reportedly called and emailed by a lawyer representing Nintendo to threaten them with potential legal action if they continued with their plans to out the company's E3 Direct information set to take place later this morning.

"As discussed, Nintendo is aware of your online activities, including on Twitter and Discord, relating to the disclosure of confidential information regarding Nintendo’s games. Also, it is aware of your plans for further disclose such information in advance of E3. Nintendo considers your activities to be a misappropriation of its trade secrets. If you continue to disclose such information, or follow through on your plans regarding E3 information, Nintendo will look at all of its legal options, including commencing legal proceedings against you" — Alleged email from Nintendo council

Sabi has correctly revealed information about pretty much all of the E3 press conferences that have already come to pass including that Keanu Reeves would appear in Cyberpunk 2077 at Microsoft's presentation.

On Saturday, June 8, Sabi posted that they were intending to reveal the Nintendo Direct information by Monday night if not before, but then Sunday came with a pretty big surprise for the leaker.

"I got a call from a cell phone number, and it was really muffled," said Sabi via Kotaku. "Some old guy saying Nintendo is aware of my activities, and that if I continue with my threats they would pursue legal actions."

The lawyer then reportedly sent Sabi an email continuing the threat of litigation, and the leaker relented to their demands to not share information on Nintendo. They had shared this letter on Twitter, but it was deleted shortly afterwards likely because it contained the lawyer's name and phone number — who has worked with Nintendo in the past.

It is unclear what potential legal ramifications Sabi could have faced for posting Nintendo's E3 secrets online considering they assumedly had not signed any nondisclosure agreements though we also don't know how the information was acquired.

Nintendo's E3 Direct is scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT where we'll see the next fighter coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as DLC plus about 40 minutes of other upcoming games like Animal Crossing.

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