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The Pokemon Company Makes an Official Statement on Palworld: ‘We Intend to Investigate’

The Pokemon Company has finally made an official statement regarding Palworld, saying, “We intend to investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokémon.”

While The Pokemon Company doesn’t specifically mention Palworld by name, it is very clear this statement is in response to the incredible success the survival game is experiencing (8 million copies sold in less than six days!) and the claims that many of Palworld’s Pals are way too close to existing Pokemon.

“We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024,” The Pokemon Company wrote. “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.”

Prior to this statement, Palworld developer Pocketpair has insisted its game is much closer to games like Ark Survival Evolved and Vanaheim than Pokemon. Additionally, the team revealed they have been receiving death threats ever since the game went live on January 19.

In an interview with Automaton, Pocketpair CEO Takuro Mizobe shared the team cleared legal reviewing and there had been no action taken against the company for infringement.

“We make our games very seriously, and we have absolutely no intention of infringing upon the intellectual property of other companies,” Mizobe said.

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Author: Adam Bankhurst