Nintendo pressures GameStop to terminate employee over Zelda OLED Switch leak

An employee at GameStop who posted a leak about The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom OLED Switch on Reddit stated that Nintendo pressured his bosses to terminate his employment after he posted the leak. After the publication of the game’s third trailer, anticipation for the forthcoming release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is increasing rapidly.

However, players who want to walk into Tears of the Kingdom without having any of their experience ruined by spoilers should be careful about where on the internet they hunt for information because the game’s release date is less than a month away, and leaks have grown increasingly common. At the same time, Nintendo looks to be tightening down on these leaks, as evidenced by one leaker being dismissed from his job at GameStop after leaking early information concerning the video game’s new hardware tie-in.

An employee of GameStop was terminated for sharing Zelda OLED Switch information

An update was provided to folks in the community through a post made on the Tears of the Kingdom subreddit by the same person who released the information regarding the Tears of the Kingdom-themed OLED Switch.

The original poster (OP) of the thread wrote, “Got fired from my job at GameStop today at Nintendo’s request due to my Zelda leak.” Since I will not be able to place my pre-order for a Switch console, I sincerely hope that all of you succeed. Kotaku had a conversation with the leaker, Mike, to gain a deeper understanding of the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from GameStop. According to Mike, he initially disclosed the existence of the OLED variant because he is a fan of the Zelda series and wanted to give fans advanced notice that pre-orders would soon be available.

Mike’s bosses at GameStop and the people who work for Nintendo took the situation very seriously, which was unfortunate for Mike. Mike reported that his supervisor told him “off the record” that Nintendo exerted pressure on the GameStop branch to dismiss him when they traced the information back to the store. Mike said his supervisor told him the news was traced back to the business. Despite the severity of the punishment, people with insider information would be wise to recognize the depths to which Nintendo would go in the future to safeguard its intellectual property and the products that will be tied to it.

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