Nintendo May Have to Halt Switch Sales

Nintendo May Have to Halt Switch Sales
A U.S. company claims Nintendo's Switch infringes its patents and is demanding a sales freeze.

(CCM) — The future of Nintendo's popular Switch game console has been plunged into doubt following the revelation that the Japanese company is facing legal action from a U.S.-based video game accessory company, according to a CNBC report.

Gamevice claims that the detachable Joy-Con controllers on the Nintendo switch infringes its patents and is asking the court to order Nintendo to stop selling the consoles. It is also demanding substantial financial payment in compensation for the harm that the company has suffered due to the alleged infringement.

"Nintendo's infringement has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice," the company said in its complaint which was filed in California on Wednesday, according to CNBC.

Gamevice sells a product which is similar to Nintendo's Joy-Cons. It consists of two controllers that can be attached to Android and Apple devices so that users can play video games on the devices without having to use their touch screens.

Nintendo has sold 4.7 Switch units since the launch less than six months ago. According to the company's latest earnings report, this includes almost two million in April, May, and June. The company had expected to sell 10 million by the end of its financial year, but it is not yet clear what effect the patent claim will have on its sales for the year.

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