Nintendo blocks fan-made Switch charity Joy-Cons

Nintendo is facing backlash from fans and an investigation by multiple European organisations concerning Joy-Con drift.

Nintendo has faced criticism and complaints regarding issues with its Switch Joy-Con controllers for the last couple of years.

Now, it has generated controversy by sending a cease and desist against content creator CaptainAlex for selling his own custom-made Joy-Con shells.

The reason this has angered people is because they were made in honour of Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah, a beloved YouTuber who tragically took his own life in 2019.

What’s more, proceeds made from sales of the shells were given to mental health charity The JED Foundation.

Speaking with YouTube channel JoyConBoyz, CaptainAlex confirmed that he had been contacted by Nintendo in September to stop selling the shells, as they infringed copyright due to their usage of the Joy-Con phrase and Nintendo logo.

While CaptainAlex doesn’t deny infringing copyright he claims that other third party companies are able to get away with the same thing – although it’s not clear whether that’s true or not.

He has since said that he may rebrand the shells, removing any references to the Switch logo and Joy-Con name, and any profits made will still be given to charity.

Nintendo’s Joy-Con woes don’t end there. Earlier today, the Dutch Consumers’ Association, alongside other organisations from across Europe, called on Switch users to report any issues they had regarding the Joy-Con drift issue.

Speaking with NOS, a spokesperson said that their aim is to force a change at Nintendo, potentially with a lawsuit, as Nintendo, despite acknowledging the drifting issue, continues to sell what the organisation considers to be faulty products.

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