It seems Nintendo has been making more and more negative decisions regarding their products in relation to the community. First was the Big House, then Splatoon 2, so what’s next? Apparently, Nintendo has shut down the manufacturer and distributor of custom-made Nintendo Switch controllers known as Etikon Controllers.
First campaign was not successful.— CptnAlex (@Cptn_Alex) December 7, 2020
Second campaign was successful.
Remaining stock of Joycons were for sale my Etsy since last year.
Nintendo sent me a cease and desist at the end of September.
Here’s a picture of me with a bin of all the shells I can’t sell anymore pic.twitter.com/ytdWzObh9x
The Etikon Controllers are named after the late Desmond “Etika” Amofah who tragically committed suicide in June of 2019. He was a popular YouTuber with more than 800,000 followers and is famous for his over-the-top reaction videos. You can read our coverage of his passing here.
His passing was a very hard blow for the community so these controllers were created as a way to remember and commemorate him. The project was started shortly after his passing by Alex "CptnAlex" Blake. This design promptly featured the Nintendo Switch logo and the title “Joycon Boyz” which is a name Etika’s fans call themselves. According to Indiegogo, the controllers received more than $36,000 in which proceeds went to The JED Foundation, an institution that supports sufferers of mental health issues. According to CptnAlex, the issue isn’t the design itself but the use “JOYCON BOYZ” is what triggered Nintendo’s cease & desist due to the use of the trademarked “Joycon”. He is apparently free to remake the controllers but must remove any reference to “Joycon” in order to do so.
While this legal action took place in September of this year, information concerning it has rapidly spread across the internet which comes off the heels of Nintendo's streak of bad publicity. The Official Joycon Boyz Youtube channel has condemned this action and had harsh words for Nintendo. The move has also been condemned on social media of many pointing that this kind of action goes against what Nintendo stood for in the past.
While Nintendo has been facing backlash from the community, there’s still a lot of unanswered questions from both parties - especially the case of trademarks and copyright law. Hopefully, Nintendo has watching and listening to what fans are saying concerning their most recent actions.
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