A 27-year-old man in Japan was arrested after being caught trying to sell modified material Zelda: Breath of the Wild Save data.
As from the. reported Niigata Broadcasting System (and discovered by Dextro) Ichimin Sho was arrested on July 8th after learning about modified save files for the Nintendo Switch version of. posted Breath of the wild. He published his services on an unspecified auction site and called it “the most powerful software”. He provided modified save files that would give the player improved in-game skills, and hard-to-find items were also made available at the customer’s request. In his original listing, he reportedly charged 3,500 yen (around $ 31) for his service.
Niigata Prefecture Police discovered the listing and arrested Sho on July 8th for allegedly violating the police Law to Prevent Unfair Competition. After his arrest, the man admitted selling previously modified game saves and software and told police he’d sold about 10 million yen (around $ 90,000) in the past year and a half.
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While it may seem wild to be arrested for selling save files, this is not a new situation in Japan. The police in Japan previously did People arrested for modifying video game software violates the Unfair Competition Prevention Act in Japan. This law was also used by Nintendo In 2017, suing a go-kart company
In a comment to the BSN, Okazawa, Deputy Director of the Cybercrime Fighting Division of the Niigata Prefecture Police Department urged people not to create, sell, or buy modified data or software.
All of this seems a bit extreme to me. I would say the police in Japan (and around the world for that matter) should focus more on far more dangerous and serious crimes. But I think a guy who sells some modified save files for an old Switch game is important too … to someone.