The absurd NFT project has just been taken to court by Pokémon

PokeWorld website, showing Pikachu.

Screenshots: PokeWorld

Pokémon Company International (TPCi) works quite hard to keep its monsters in their proper pens, enthusiastically quashing any attempt to use pocket beasts without a license agreement. Just a few months ago, we saw the company chasing 6 Chinese companies crossed the line with themselves Pokémon-like, and now they’re back on court with a new goal. Except this time it’s NFT, the digital JPG cryptocurrencies pretend they own.

Australia page Vook noticed papers filed with the Federal Court of Australia, showing The Pokémon Company was taking action against a company called Pokémon Pty Ltd, who claimed to be creating a mobile game called is PokéWorld. Because when it comes to crypto, it’s stupid.

Pokémon Pty Ltd, apparently based in Melbourne, is business registration in 2016and seems to be operating under the name Film studio Kotiota. All of these entities, according to court documents, refer to one individual, Xiaoyan Liu. Kotiota, which apparently doesn’t exist at the address provided, then created a website for PokéWorld, a mediocre mobile game in which you battle Pokémon like Charmander and Pikachu, for currency.” $POKESHARD”, which is linked to Etherium. Of course, all the in-game items you buy are minted as NFTs, so anyone can trade them for zero core value.

Vook reported that the company then blatantly sent out press releases to game sites, while they made ridiculous claims about partnering with TPCi to produce their NFT junk. Above NFTCalendar, the statement was made that “the first Pokémon P2E NFT collection brought to you by The Pokemon Company International and Kotiota: bring your 2000s nostalgia to WEB3.” On the game’s website, this amazing lie appears:

Claim that The Pokemon Company is affiliated with this NFT Grift.

Screenshots: PokeWorld

When Twitter account has been suspended, the The game’s website is still online, which is their boldness considering the court’s action. It’s filled with Pokémon characters, even including narrated animated videos, showing nasty shiny 3D monsters weakly attacking each other against a 2D backdrop.

However, the whole project is breathtaking to investigate. With repeated claims that TPCi is involved, it’s not even trying to hide the complete takedown of a world-famous IP, just sticking the site into the franchise’s most famous character. what is the plan; How did they find themselves out of this? It reminds me of the group thought they could make the original sand dunes active and NFT because they bought a copy of a bookbut somehow even more stupid.

Either way, the team has now been ordered by the court to immediately stop suggesting that they have any rights to development. Pokémon game, stop using Pokémon property, and especially no longer claims that it Pokémon NFT is anything to do with TPCi.

Court papers say that the Pokémon Company, which became aware of the project in November of this year, hired a cybercrime investigation team to look into it, then attempted to serve the papers to Xiaoyan Liu or his associates. related company but not. The ruling was made without any response from Kotiota, Liu or Pokémon Pty Ltd. The court has asked for more details before it is ready to award damages, but has made it very clear who is entitled here.

It’s worth noting that, interestingly, this isn’t the only “PokéWorld” in existence. yes a completely different NFT uses the same name, even though its website is dead and Twitter account hasn’t been updated since last November. And then, a little more legally, yes very popular belt world the mode is called PokéWorldjust makes selecting all of these more confusing.

We’ve reached out to Pokémon Pty Ltd and Kotiota and really hope anyone involved will respond, because it will. attractive to find out where else they might think this is headed.


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