Game news Pokéclicker: Can Nintendo ban free Pokémon play?
While the game has been around for a decade, Pokéclicker has gotten some hype recently thanks to the many streamers that have given this browser-based fan game huge exposure. Unfortunately, this sudden popularity could also lead to the closure of the project, we explain why.
- A possible closure for legal reasons?
- Pokémon, a specific license “from” Nintendo
Since the release of Cookie Clicker in 2013, we can say that the genre useless game emphasis clicker game became a democracy. However, it’s a particular kind of experience on the passive side because, as its name suggests, all you have to do is click to progress.. Worse, at some point, the game even ended in “play alone”, moving the player into the spectator ranking who admired all the elements he had gathered that worked without him. , like a well -oiled engine. Inevitably, on such a basic but addictive principle, the formula is rejected in all sauces and the Pokémon license is no exception to the rule proven by the famous Pokéclicker in question today.
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A possible closure for legal reasons?
You may be skeptical of this, but it’s always good to remember this: Pokéclicker is clearly a fan project done without consulting the owners of the Pokémon franchise.. Inevitably, this could pose a problem from a legal point of view in terms of intellectual property, because at any time, it is possible that the rights holders will take over the creators of the project. . And facing lawyers with the most lucrative license of all time, it’s not certain that the developers of this fan-game have the means to get to court, just from a financial point of view.
Unfortunately, this assumption has something to do with credibility because this scenario has already happened in a Metroid -licensed fan game: AM2R: Another Metroid 2 Remake. Remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus published by Game Boy in 1992, the project was quickly blocked by Nintendo declaring its rights in 2016, following its release. A decision that was definitely inspired by next year’s launch of Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS which is also an update to the second opus of Samus Aran’s adventures. At the time, Reggie Fils-Aimé, former president of Nintendo of America, justified this choice in these words:
I think we need to be clear about the line we’re not going to break, and from our perspective, that’s the line when a tribute becomes something that monetizes our license. We allow tribes in many ways. And as a fan of my own before being in management, I understand the attraction you can have for our franchises. But when it comes to monetizing, selling, profit, if it goes beyond the line, we have to assert our rights..
(…) We talked to entities who were fans and became working partners. These conversations happen all the time, but again, when something becomes a commercial product … and that’s the case with AM2R-it’s priceless, but it’s a commercial product.
However, these reasons are not enough because AM2R is a game that is distributed free of charge, as pointed out by the former president of Nintendo of America (it is worthless), then it is difficult to understand how it is a commercial product. For this vague reason, there is therefore a possibility that Pokéclicker will also be blocked by Nintendo, especially since the project has a common AM2R channel. In fact, because of the enthusiasm surrounding these two projects, they’ve gotten so much more visible that Nintendo has found them, which can decide at any time to cancel them thanks to legal levers. It’s a sad irony that this kind of fan game may need to be removed. However, unlike the Metroid license, Pokémon is not a franchise exclusive to Nintendo, which could be a game changer.
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Pokémon, a specific license “from” Nintendo
Since all of the franchise’s games are released on factory consoles in Japan, most of the public has a natural account of Nintendo’s Pokémon, thinking it’s one of the many image licenses from The Legend of Zelda, Mario or Animal Crossing. Actually, things have been a lot more complicated for Pokémon ever since it was The Pokémon Company, founded in 1998, that managed the brand with the goal of developing it. However, the capital of this company is equally divided among three different players. : Nintendo, Game Freaks, the studio behind video games, and Creatures Inc. which discusses card games and modeling Pokémon.
As such, Nintendo can’t make unilateral decisions about the Pokémon franchise, and this appears to have given the number of fan games plentiful on the web. Pokemon Insurgence, Pokemon Shodown, PokeMMO … there are tons of hack ROMs or MMO versions that are easily accessible on the net. If we can believe that the rights holders are a bit weak, let’s not forget that other projects have nonetheless stalled., like Pokémon Uranium, is one of the most popular hack ROMs of the fourth generation. More recently, we also remember a fan-created FPS where you had to shoot Pokémon, which never pleased Nintendo, deleting all game-related posts. In this case, we can understand the reasons that led the manufacturer to make this decision due to the violent nature of the project, in complete opposition to the childish image of the Pokémon.
Faced with these various fan game treatments, it’s hard to know what could happen to Pokéclicker. But on the other hand, it is possible that the title will attract the ire of Pokémon rights holders because the latter may cover the main mobile license application, Pokémon GO. The comparison isn’t too surprising because both games focus on the collecting part of the Pokémon formula rather than fights. If Pokéclicker is clearly light years away from the popularity of Pokémon GO, it’s possible that even this slight competition between these two experiences, essentially very different, will not please the Pokémon Company, to the point of pushing the company to make step.
In the past, Nintendo was still not kind to the fangames around its licenses as evidenced by the AM2R activity. However, Pokémon is a particular franchise for the Japanese manufacturer because it is not the only beneficiary. Maybe that’s why ROM Hacks and other hobbyist projects around Pokémon have been popping up over the years, with no fear of being bothered. However, some fan favorite titles still have to be closed for legal reasons, which means the Pokémon Company will not allow anyone to disturb its creatures. So when it comes to Pokécliker, only one thing is for sure: enjoy the game while it’s still there, because no one knows what’s to come!
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