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Nintendo says selling Animal Crossing: New Horizons villagers and items for real-life money violates their terms of service

Nintendo's not having it

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been an absolute mega-hit for Nintendo thus far, bringing in millions upon millions of players. The game is so big that a mini-ecosystem has popped up around it, with people turning to the game to make some real-life money. Players have been hitting up auction sites, social media, and more to sell various in-game items and villagers. Not surprisingly, Nintendo is against this.

The Big N has actually spoken out about this phenomenon, and they want those involved to know that they should consider calling things off. Nintendo has stated that selling in-game items and islanders for real-life money is actually against the game's terms of service. Furthermore, Nintendo has said they'll consider going after each person/company doing this on a case-by-case basis.

We're yet to hear of anyone getting hit by Nintendo's ninjas over this matter, but it sounds like that could happen in the near future. If you've been making a quick buck off of in-game content, you might want to reconsider!

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styster
Sun Jun 14 20 03:22pm
Rating: 3

Any other game company would have locked in-game items behind a paywall and filled the game with microtransactions. The fact that fans are buying items from others with real life money shows that Nintendo would have made a fortune if they had. I'm glad they did what is best for the fans' experience rather than try and make the most money they could.

styster
Sun Jun 14 20 03:22pm
Rating: 3

Any other game company would have locked in-game items behind a paywall and filled the game with microtransactions. The fact that fans are buying items from others with real life money shows that Nintendo would have made a fortune if they had. I'm glad they did what is best for the fans' experience rather than try and make the most money they could.

For Nintendo, doing something against the enjoyment of players is something they don't like. It's pretty obvious that microtransactions on 40-60$ games are not something gamers can put up with especially if it only means pay to win.

The problem is that certain items and villagers that players want are almost impossible to get. Once you progress to a certain point in the game (Maybe paying off your house completely) you should be able to just buy the recipes and items you want using nook miles or bells. Obviously the items/recipes would shouldn't be cheap, but this would prevent the above from happening and allow players an easier way to get the things they want a non "illegal" way.

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