GAME: Bowser sentenced to 40 months in prison for video game crimes.

A U.S. fed­er­al court has sen­tenced Cana­di­an hack­er Doug Bows­er to 40 months in prison for his involve­ment in the Switch hack­ing group Team Xecuter, the Jus­tice Depart­ment announced Thurs­day. Not to be con­fused with Nin­ten­do of Amer­i­ca pres­i­dent Doug Bows­er (or Mar­i­o’s arch­en­e­my, for that mat­ter), Bows­er was part of a col­lec­tive that devel­oped and sold devices that peo­ple could use to play pirat­ed games on their consoles.

The FBI arrest­ed Bows­er in 2020. A year lat­er, it agreed to pay Nin­ten­do $10 mil­lion to set­tle a civ­il pri­va­cy law­suit and anoth­er $4.5 mil­lion in resti­tu­tion to the com­pa­ny. Pri­or to today’s sen­tenc­ing announce­ment, Bows­er faced up to 10 years in prison.

Accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Jus­tice, video game pub­lish­ers lost more than $65 mil­lion as a result of Team Xecuter’s exploits. Home­land Secu­ri­ty Inves­ti­ga­tions and the FBI are still work­ing to appre­hend Bowser’s accomplices.

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