Pokémon Company Addresses Possible IP Infringement in New Game Release
The Pokémon Company issued a notice on Thursday, addressing a potential violation of their intellectual property rights by a game company, explaining that they “plan[s] to conduct a thorough investigation and enforce appropriate action” to rectify the situation.
The Pokémon Company’s complete statement:
Concerns About Other Companies’ Games
We have been flooded with questions regarding a game launched by another firm in January 2024. We have not given any authorization for the inclusion of Pokémon intellectual property or resources in that game. Our intention is to investigate and implement necessary actions to address any violations of intellectual property rights involving the Pokémon. We will continue to value and nurture every Pokémon and its universe, and aim to unite the globe through Pokémon in the future.
The Pokémon Company
The message from the company did not explicitly name the game or company, but it is supposedly directed towards the game developer, Pocketpair’s Palworld online multiplayer game. The game was released on PC via Steam on January 19, and as of Thursday, it has already achieved 8 million sales.
#Palworld has registered over 8 million sales in less than a week!
Thank you tremendously!
— Palworld (@Palworld_EN) January 25, 2024
Pocketpair’s description of the game:
Experience a new multiplayer, open-world survival and crafting game, where you can fight, farm, build, and cooperate with enigmatic creatures termed “Pals”!