The Pokemon Company Says They Will Investigate Palworld For IP Infringement

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Palworld is officially on the radar of The Pokemon Company.

Wednesday night in the United States — midday in Japan — The Pokemon Company put out its first public statement on Palworld since the game launched into early access last week.

In its statement, The Pokemon Company says that it has received “many inquiries” regarding the game — while not directly mentioning Palworld by name — and hasn’t granted any sort of permission to use its asset in the game. Because of the concerns from people about Palworld using assets from Pokemon for its game, the company says it will investigate the game and its developer for any potential IP infringement.

The full statement is as follows:

“We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024. We have not granted any permission for the use of Pokémon intellectual property or assets in that game.

We intend to investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokémon. We will continue to cherish and nurture each and every Pokémon and its world, and work to bring the world together through Pokémon in the future.”

Whether anything comes of the investigation remains to be seen. For now, Palworld will continue to enjoy the success it’s had since its release. Pocketpair will also continue to work on the game and its features, as outlined in its new roadmap.

What do you think of The Pokemon Company’s statement on Palworld and its plans to investigate any potential IP infringement? For more Insider Gaming, read about the latest PS5 update blocking Cronus devices from working.

  1. In all likelihood the developer will rake in a lot of cash, with a game that copy pasted a lot of ideas from Zelda and Pokemon.

    Reminds me of how fortnite was a carbon copy of PUBG.

    I think, however, the only argument that the legal system will find compelling is that the game distorts the image of the Pokemon IP (giving them guns).

    But that’s just my Japanese copyright law expertise talking (which I don’t have)

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