More than a week ahead of launch, spoilers for major plot details in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom have made their way online, with screenshots and footage currently doing the rounds on social media. The leaks appear to have originated from physical copies of the game, sold far ahead of launch and dumped online by pirates.
According to Kotaku, some players have already downloaded these files and attempted to stream the game on Twitch, before they were caught and suspended on copyright grounds. Many more players are simply sharing spoiler screenshots online, spreading them throughout Reddit, Twitter, and private Discord servers.
Those caught disseminating leaks are likely to face legal challenges, as
In 2023, he was released – at the cost of paying US $14.5 million in damages, which will reportedly take around 25-30% of his gross monthly income, for the rest of his life.
Nintendo will likely pursue the Tears of the Kingdom leakers with the same vigour, given it also recently subpoenaed Discord to track down the origins of the leaker who only posted images from the game’s art book.
It should go without saying, but if you see spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in the wild, don’t spread them. There’s just over a week to go until the game officially launches on 12 May 2023 – so stay patient, and try to keep an eye off social media until then.
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