Nintendo Being Sued Over Switch’s Controller Design

Prayank

US-based gaming hardware maker, Gamevice, which makes controllers for iPhone, iPad and Samsung devices, has moved to sue gaming giant Nintendo over the design of Switch’s detachable controller.

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Gamevice has claimed that the design Nintendo’s latest Switch gaming controllers is similar to its own products and violates a patent held by the company.

Gamevice was originally known as Wikipad. The company had filed a patent titled ‘Combination computing device and game controller with flexible bridge section’ in 2015, which shows images of controllers being attached to either side of a handheld screen with a band on the rear connecting the controllers.

Although the patent looks similar to Nintendo Switch’s design, controllers of the Switch aren’t connected via a ‘flexible bridge’, as pointed out by Mashable.

Gamevice has complained that Nintendo Switch infringes on its patent and has asked the court to stop the production and sales of the gaming device. The company has also asked to be awarded for damages so far by the sales of Nintendo Switch.

Gamevice Controller for iPhone

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that the launch of the paid Nintendo Switch online service, which enables users to play compatible co-op multiplayer games online, has been delayed to early 2018.

Users can still use Nintendo’s online service for free till then.  The service not only comes with recent releases but also several of the classic NES games.

The Nintendo Switch online service will be launched for $19.99 per year. Switch users also have the option of taking up the $3.99 monthly or #7.99 quarterly subscription.

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