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The Pokémon Company sues Chinese mobile game over copyright issues

The Pokémon Company — the Japanese studio behind Nintendo’s Pokémon games — is seeking $72.5 million in damages in a copyright infringement lawsuit against several Chinese companies, according to the South China Morning Post.

The Pokémon Company is asking the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court to order the companies to stop the development, distribution, exploitation and promotion of Pocket Monster reissue — also known as Koudaiyaogaai Fuke in Chinese — in addition to financial damages.

Pocket Monster Reissue is currently still available in Apple and Android app stores in China, with ads that use famous Pokémon characters, like Ash Ketchum and Pikachu. Fans have compared the mobile game to The Pokémon Company’s monster-hunting series for years, and it’s continued to find success. The game has been in operation, without permission from Nintendo or The Pokémon Company, since 2015.

Since 2016, Pocket Monster Reissue has made big money for the companies behind it, with one of them, Zhongnan Heavy Industries, reporting massive revenue increases in 2021.

The trial is currently underway in the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court.