Nintendo has issued a cease and desist order against a popular social media influencer for using Pokémon branding and images in its merchandise and merchandise. But while the director formerly known as “Pokeprincxss” admits his legal mistakes, he still feels that Nintendo has targeted him for a specific reason.
“Nintendo doesn’t want people to think that I’m in any way, shape or form related to them or that I’m associated with them, and it’s all down to me being the game boss,” also named “Digitalprincxss”. ” said inside a recent YouTube video face the issue. “Although there are other people with ‘Poke’ in their name and they make money off it… I think it just literally has to do with me being an adult because they are not adult sports. “
Digitalprincxss boasts 1.9 million followers on Tiktok and important sequels on other public social media accounts. But he also hosts a subscription-based OnlyFans page, which charges $17 a month and promises “access to all of my NSFW photos/videos that I post daily” and “content of He has no idea I’m bothering him with both on Instagram/Twitter.”
While the Pokeprincxss name has been around for the past eight years, Digitalprincxss said he thought he might have run into Nintendo’s legal favor when he tried to commercialize the name through LegalZoom months ago, with an application that noted the use of the mark for gaming. adult exercise. Digitalprincxss has also spent recent months selling shirts and other merchandise that use Pokéballs and other copyrighted Nintendo images; Profits from those sales are paid back to Nintendo, he said.
“There are a lot of other people selling Pokémon-related stuff, like fanart and everything like that, that’s why I don’t really see anything wrong with it,” Digitalprincxss said in the video. “Nintendo is a family-friendly company, so they don’t want you to spoil their reputation or anything, if people think that me and them are connected … to understand it.”
Despite the legal issues, Digitalprincxss says it bears no ill will towards Nintendo and takes full responsibility for being “young and dumb” about the issue. “I’m never going to cancel or go against Nintendo,” he said. “I just look at this as a business thing at the end of the day.”
Nintendo did not respond to a request for comment from Ars Technica. But the company has a long history of zealously protecting its trademarks and copyrighted content online, going after everything from ROM sharing sites and mod chip developers to fangame makers and live game tournament organizers.