Gary Bowser, who you may remember was arrested for pirating and selling hacked Nintendo hardware, had pled guilty to the charges against him. The member of the hacker group Team Xecuter was arrested in September 2020, pleading “not guilty.”
The defendant from Canada was extradited to the United States and it is alleged that the man known online as GaryOPA and two associates – China’s Yuanning Chen, and France’s Max Louarn face 11 felony charges because they created the SX Core and SX Lite two devices able to circumvent checks and play pirated games.
“Defendant, Gary Bowser knowingly and willfully participated in a cybercriminal enterprise that hacked leading gaming consoles and that developed, manufactured, marketed, and sold a variety of circumvention devices that allowed the enterprise’s customers to play pirated versions of copyrighted video games, commonly referred to as ‘ROMs’,” reads the plea. “Mr. Bowser’s role was to market the enterprise’s products, post news releases about new products and updates to products, and work with retailers who distributed the enterprise’s products. Mr. Bowser would also post replies to inquiries from customers of these illegal circumvention devices on Maxconsole.com.”
Late last month, Bowser plead guilty on two counts – Trafficking in Circumvention Devices, and Conspiracy to Circumvent Technological Measures, and to Traffic in Circumvention Devices. Bowser also has offered to pay $4.5 million to Nintendo.
Max Louarn is facing a whopping 11 felony charges and is currently situated in Canada and is likely to be extradited to the US. Yuanning Chen from Shenzhen, China is unable to be located.