The Pokémon Company Is Investigating Hit Game ‘Palworld’ For Copyright Infringement

Palworld, the hit monster-survival game with over four million downloads in three days, might be facing legal trouble, as The Pokémon Company released a statement that said it would investigate if the game did infringe on its copyright.

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Palworld’s monsters bear a striking resemblance to Pokémon in the game, which Internet users have poked fun at. Developer PocketPair has used generative AI in its games before, so it isn’t too surprising if their latest was found using AI to create its game models; however, there hasn’t actually been concrete proof of that. Still, there’s no denying the similarities between some of its designs and Nintendo’s beloved critters, prompting many to reach out to The Pokémon Company for clarification.

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Here’s the official statement:

“We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024. We have not granted any permission for the use of Pokémon intellectual property or assets in that game. We intend to investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokémon. We will continue to cherish and nurture each and every Pokémon and its world, and work to bring the world together through Pokémon in the future.”

Nintendo, notoriously known for their proclivity for legal aggression like issuing cease-and-desist orders and DMCA takedowns, previously took legal action against a modder who claimed to have made a Palworld Pokémon mod. Palworld has quickly become one of 2024’s hot topics, but the copyright allegations, if revealed to be true, might just overshadow its commercial success.

Palworld is currently available to play in Early Access on Steam for S$26.