EntertainmentPokémon Company launches investigation into "Palworld" amid plagiarism allegations and death threats

Pokémon Company launches investigation into "Palworld" amid plagiarism allegations and death threats

Pokémon Company responds to controversies related to "Palworld"
Pokémon Company responds to controversies related to "Palworld"
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1:23 PM EST, January 26, 2024

It's well known that "Palworld", developed by Pocket Pair, has gained significant attention not only for its exciting survival gameplay, but also due to controversies surrounding its character designs, which have been noted to bear a striking resemblance to Pokémon. Despite the plagiarism scandal, the game has sold over 8 million copies.

Many observant users noticed the similarities and believe the "Palworld" characters are heavily inspired by Pokémon creations. On social media, analysts have even compared the 3D character models from both Nintendo and Pocket Pair productions.

Adding fuel to the fire, a post from the game's creator suggests that characters resembling Pokémon can be easily generated using AI.

Pokémon Company Addresses Controversies Surrounding "Palworld"

Initially refraining from comment, it seems that the Pokémon Company is now prepared to take appropriate action. Responding to fans' questions, the company issued a statement on its official website:

"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" - Pokémon Company.

"Palworld" Creator Clarifies the Accusations of Plagiarism

CEO of Pocket Pair, Takuro Mizobe, made a statement on the controversy even before the Pokémon Company's response. While he didn't deny Pokémon's influence over "Palworld", he declared that the creators of the game have suffered online harassment.

"I have received a variety of opinions regarding Palworld, but all productions related to Palworld are supervised by multiple people, including myself, and I am responsible for the production,'" pleaded the game's creator.

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