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The Legend of Zelda: Kingdom's Tears has been released by GameStop

The Legend of Zelda: Kingdom’s Tears has been released by GameStop

published: 2023-04-15T21:43:28

updated: 2023-04-15T21:43:36

A GameStop employee who leaked The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom OLED Switch on Reddit has claimed that Nintendo pressured his employers to fire him.

The hype surrounding the upcoming release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is building after the release of the game’s third trailer.

However, those looking to get into the game untainted should be careful where they look around the internet, as leaks are even more widespread now that Tears of Kingdom has been released in less than a month.

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At the same time, Nintendo appears to be cracking down on these leaks, as one leaker was fired from his job at GameStop after publishing early information about the game’s new hardware tie-in.

GameStop employee fired over leaked Zelda OLED Switch

a mail On the tears of the kingdom subreddit From the person who leaked the Kingdom Tears-themed OLED Switch, those in the community have given a status update.

In the post, the OP said, “I got fired from my job at GameStop today at nintendos order because of my Zelda leaks. I hope you all will be able to get my Switch pre-orders because now I won’t be able to get mine.”

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Kotaku He spoke to the leaker, whose name is Mike, to get more insight into the situation that led to his termination from GameStop. According to Mike, he initially leaked the existence of the OLED model because he loves the Zelda series and wanted to alert fans in advance that pre-orders would start soon.

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Unfortunately for Mike, GameStop’s employers and Nintendo members took it very seriously. Mike said his supervisor told him “off the record” that Nintendo had put pressure on the GameStop subsidiary to launch it after tracing the information back to the store.

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While quite a harsh punishment, those with inside knowledge would do well not to underestimate the lengths Nintendo will go to protect its IP and related products in the future.