Posted by Evolve on May 23, 2018 | In: General News
With technology advancing as fast as it is, it's not surprising that there are people who try and take advantage of it for their own purposes. In some cases, this isn't a bad thing, like with mods (to an extent). However, hackers, homebrewers, and more will try and wiggle their way into systems and games to try and make them "better" in their own eyes, and the publishers don't like that. While the Nintendo Switch is the hottest console on the market today, it is also one that a lot of hackers and homebrewers like to mess with. So, now, Nintendo is messing with them back.
If a console or account is caught hacking or using the console for a non-Nintendo approve purpose, they get a message saying that they can't access the internet via the console. This means that they can't access the Nintendo eShop or be a part of any online gaming for titles like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. What's more, the error actually asks them to call Nintendo, where they'll find out why they specifically were banned.
Now, unless you think that Nintendo is abusing their power here, they aren't just going after people who bend the rules, they're looking for those who violate the End User Licensing Agreement. Not unlike what Epic Games is doing currently with Fortnite cheaters. When people buy the consoles and the games, they agree to upload the standards and rules that Nintendo and the developers have laid down, so by hacking the games and consoles and cooking up their own ways to use them, they're breaking the rules. And as Nintendo has shown a lot in the past, they don't like it when people break their rules.
The bans are starting out slow, but they are getting more numerous, no doubt people are going to try and figure out a way to get around this problem, including making a new Nintendo account to see if that'll work around the block, but Nintendo likely will have something in place for that.
The timing of these bans is somewhat poetic, as Nintendo is getting ready to launch their online service, Nintendo Switch Online and you know that people are going to try and abuse that service too, so by laying the down the law now, it might deter people from making trouble once the new service comes up. Or, maybe it won't, only time will tell.
It's not wrong for Nintendo to try and protect not just their systems, but the other gamers. After all, the Switch is selling like hotcakes, and they want this trend to continue, they don't want the Switch to become synonymous with hackers, which is honestly what it has been in the last few months. More than likely, Nintendo will also try and update and upgrade their software via patches to try and make it more difficult for hackers to interfere and create mischief.
Let it be known that Nintendo is looking for hackers and homebrewers, and if they're found, they will be banned. Stay tuned for more updates.