Nintendo reportedly forced GameStop to fire employee responsible for leak

The unnamed employee was fired after being caught posting about Nintendo's special edition console for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo just proved why you should never even think about doing something to cross them.

Nintendo confirmed that it would release a Switch OLED model themed after the upcoming exclusive game, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. But, while this was a celebrated announcement, one employee couldn't help themselves from posting it online beforehand.

As per Kotaku, GameStop fired Mike on April 11, close to two weeks following the end of the showcase. The interesting part is what lengths Nintendo went to make this happen. As per the same report, Nintendo claims to have traced the leak back from December to Mike and his other social media accounts. The multi-billion-dollar video game company was then said to have "forced the company's hand, demanding the employee be terminated over the leak."

Kotaku explains that an unnamed GameStop employee corroborated the story and that Mike's manager had told him that Nintendo, his favorite company, now hates him.

So, yeah, tough luck for Mike, who probably didn't see this coming.

But, then again, if Mike really had a favorite gaming company in Nintendo, he should've known better. After all, this is the same company that DMCA'd the Breath of the Wild multiplayer mod as recently as last week.

The leak wasn't really all that harmful to The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, so we feel bad knowing that "Mike" no longer has a job.

Still, maybe this has less to do with Mike and more with GameStop? The controversial large-scale retailer has a long history of sketchy hiring practices with terrible pay, which isn't what you want to hear about a store that free access to confidential video game information. It's not like this is the first time that GameStop has leaked games and suffered security breaches. We don't think we have ever heard of someone getting fired or paying a fine for such transgressions before.

As for Nintendo, the company isn't losing sleep about making someone lose a livelihood at all. The gaming giant is going to be sleeping all the way to the bank soundly after The Super Mario Bros. Movie made a boatload of money at the global box office in its opening weekend. Not to mention, based on the final trailer for Tears of the Kingdom, Nintendo has another potential GOTY winner on their hands.

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