A Twitter user who has published accurate information about E3 announcements ahead of time says they've been threatened with legal action by Nintendo.
Late May, Twitter user Sabi claimed they, along with a few others, would learn everything set to appear in Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct video the day before it goes live. (The Nintendo Direct goes live at 5pm UK time tomorrow, 11th June).
It?s sounding like I, and a few others, may learn just about everything in the E3 Nintendo direct a day beforehand. I?ll keep you posted!— Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) May 31, 2019
Meanwhile, Sabi published accurate information about Microsoft and Bethesda's E3 media briefing, including Keanu Reeves' appearance in Cyberpunk 2077 and Project Scarlett details, among other unannounced publisher revelations.
By ?John wick in cyberpunk,? think more of Keanu Reeves. A character modeled like him. #E3Spoilers— Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) June 9, 2019
Xbox?s new console, Scarlett, is crazy powerful. 120fps, 8K, Xbox one backwards compatibility, and it?s implied backwards compatibility with ALL Xbox consoles, not 100% sure on all consoles yet but it?s described as ?4 generations worth?.— Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) June 9, 2019
Then, late last night, Sabi said they'd received a cease and desist warning from Nintendo's lawyer. (Nintendo has yet to comment.)
I have been given a cease and desist from a lawyer representing Nintendo. They have my full name and everything. This means I'm not allowed to post any private trade secrets from Nintendo co ltd. This does not mean I cannot post things from other companies, but not Nintendo.— Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) June 10, 2019
The threat appears to have done the trick - Sabi followed up to say they wouldn't leak the Nintendo Direct.
Please, please don't think this is the end of me. I'm not gonna stop sharing stuff. I'm just not allowed to post stuff from Nintendo is all. You've seen that things I've shared from bethesda, ubisoft, etc have been 100% legit. I'll still share non-nintendo stuff for you all!— Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) June 10, 2019
Despite the warning, Sabi sounds determined to continue to leak other publisher secrets. Their current Twitter bio reads: "Journalist and (non)Nintendo Leaker due to the Ninjas."
Thank you for all your support, guys! <3 It really means a lot. I'll continue leaking more and more games form OTHER companies, and report on non-Nintendo trade secrets, haha. Hope you enjoyed the two dozens of specific details I leaked today :p— Sabi (@New_WabiSabi) June 10, 2019
Sabi's actions have since come under intense scrutiny, with thousands of Twitter users having their say. Sabi's Discord is also being flooded with new members, some of whom are on the hunt for Nintendo news before it's announced.
Sabi told Kotaku they obtained the information secondhand and suggested it would leak out despite Nintendo's legal threat. Perhaps lawyers representing other publishers will be in touch soon!