The Pokémon Company International is taking legal action against Kotiota Studios for releasing NFT games and Web3 projects based around the famous cartoon characters. The incident was triggered after Kotiota Studios began promoting an NFT game based on Pokémon characters. Kotiota Studios is the parent company of Pokémon Pty Ltd, the platform behind the NFT game. Official legal documents filed by Pokémon Company International confirm the development.
The Pokémon Company International has claimed that Kotiota Studios, while not an officially appointed contractor, has been associated with other related games such as Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and Pokémon Home. The newest game offering is called PokéWorld.
“Applicant attempts to deter Respondents and related entities from representing a license to develop Pokémon Games or having any affiliation with Pokémon Company International, Inc and/or the Pokémon brand – where Applicant attempts to deter Respondent from using any name or word to use that is misleading.” legal filing by the Pokémon Company International said.
The Pokémon franchise, which features fantasy animals with superpowers, was created in 1996 by Japanese animator Satoshi Tajiri. The franchise is currently operated by the Pokémon company and enjoys a cult following around the world.
The company has stated that no official NFTs surrounding Pokémon characters have been released to date.
The Pokémon Company International owns the rights to Pokémon making their lawsuit convincing.
The first hearing on this case was scheduled for December 21 Voks.net, representatives from the Pokémon company showed up, but none from Kotiota Studios. For now, the details of the proceedings in this case remain unclear.
NFTs or non-fungible tokens are digital collectibles built on blockchain networks. Sensitive to price fluctuations, buying unofficial NFTs can expose buyers to scams or even greater financial risks.
In August, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Paris Hilton were named among 19 celebrities warned about promoting NFT projects without disclosing their associations with the projects.
The Truth in Advertising (TINA.org) had reached out to the celebrities asking for clarification on their NFT associations.