White Cat Project and Nintendo Lawsuit Proceedings Rise to 9.6 Billion Yen

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COLOPL, the developers of White Cat Project, have announced that proceedings for the continued lawsuit with Nintendo have risen to 9.6 billion yen. In February 2021, Nintendo claimed 4.95 billion yen in damages. However due to how long the lawsuit has continued the number continues to rise. On April 13, 2021 COLOPOL released a statement regarding the proceedings of the still on-going case. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

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Due to the status of the case, the claim has now effectively doubled from its number in February 2021. This is largely due to the on-going nature of the lawsuit and the time that has passed since the case originally opened. Nintendo originally filed a complaint against COLOPOL regarding copyright infringement due to certain control schemes in White Cat Project, which then escalated into a lawsuit. The lawsuit originally opened in 2018, and has been on-going ever since.

Similar to COLOPL’s previous statements, the developer insists that they have not infringed on any copyrighted control schemes. However, in February 2020, COLOPL made some changes to White Cat Project‘s controls. That being said, the developer did not mention if this was due to the potential infringement. A video was released alongside this change, to further demonstrate the changes.

White Cat Project is immediately available to Japanese consumers for Android and iOS devices.

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