A man living in Toshima, Tokyo has allegedly been charging people to modify their The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game save data so that they can have more abilities. While the gamers probably enjoy this and it’s allegedly made the man as much as 10 million yen (about $90,632), Japanese police say he’s broken the law.
The law in question is Japan’s Unfair Competition Prevention Act. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, “The Unfair Competition Prevention Act regulates infringement of trade secrets, unfair usage of a well-known sign, misleading representation regarding the place of origin, imitation of the configuration of a third party’s product, etc.”
The 27-year-old was arrested on July 8, and police put out a statement that the man has confessed to doing these acts.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.