Gary Bowser, member of modchip group Team Xecuter, has pleaded guilty to selling modchips for the Switch console. Gary Bowser offers to pay Nintendo $4.5 million and help find the other members of the hacking team.
Bowser faces a maximum jail term of five years for his participation in trading illegal modchips and violating the anti-abuse provision of the DMCA Act. He offers to pay Nintendo $4.5 million in damages and to help track down other members of Team Xecuter. Torrentfreak writes this on the basis of the settlement between Bowser and the American judiciary.
Now that Bowser has pleaded guilty, the nine other charges against him, including conspiracy to commit fraud, are dropped. He is still convicted of the two remaining charges, although the sentence will probably be less due to his cooperative attitude, according to the American justice.
Canadian Gary Bowser was arrested last October for his illegal business practices that had been going on since 2013. As a member of Team Xecuter, he was involved in the marketing, customer service, sales and distribution of mod products. In April, Nintendo itself sued him for dealing in mod accessories for the Nintendo Switch. That case is still pending and unrelated to this settlement. Bowser has not yet responded to Nintendo’s complaint.
The hacker group sold hardware and software mod products that allowed people to play pirated versions of games on multiple consoles. The SX OS mod chip, which allowed people to install custom firmware on the Switch to download pirated versions of games, has reportedly earned the group tens of millions of dollars. In total, Bowser would have seen about $ 320,000 in return, according to Torrentfreak.