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Nintendo Switch pirates introduce anti-piracy code to firmware

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Pirates are the scourge of the seas, but also the scourge of the games industry, and now Ars Technica has reported on an amusing little story that the makers of a piracy-enabling firmware for the Switch have introduced an anti-piracy code to prevent people from pirating the firmware. Pirate-ception.

Team Xecutor's custom SX OS can be acquired for free, but you'll have to pay for a licensed copy to load pirated versions of copyright Switch titles, and this was brought to our attention by researcher Mike Heskin on his blog.

Heskin works on Team ReSwitched's open source Switch homebrew firmware Atmosphere, and found that SX OS modified Team ReSwitched's own code, violating the open source license, with Heskin saying:"Even the code for talking to their license server uses an open-source crypto library so, yes, there are multiple license violations here."

Team Xecutor spoke to The Verge about the issue, defending themselves by saying: "We do implement inconveniences to safeguard anti-tampering of our SX OS boot file to remain at a competitive advantage."

"Our product has been designed with the greatest possible stability and polish," they add. "Whenever someone is running our SX OS they can be assured they are running a safe and well-tested product. We cannot guarantee equal functionality and performance when any changes are made and therefore do not support any unauthorized modifications."

What do you make of the whole situation?

Nintendo Switch pirates introduce anti-piracy code to firmware


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