ELSPA Says 90% of DS Owners in the US Pirate Games

A piece of pirating software for the Nintendo DS is said to have “shifted the balance of power in the piracy industry to the consumer” according to Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association.

“The implications are massive. In America it’s thought 90 per cent of Nintendo DS users are playing pirated games because of R4s,” John Hillier said. Previous numbers have stated that the chip is costing Nintendo millions of dollars but no specific numbers have been released from Nintendo.

If this number is false, no one has called the company on it yet and a Nintendo spokesperson has stated that Nintendo is closely monitoring the situation.

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association is a UK based group who are fighting against piracy and as well as other gaming issues. Established in 1989, the group has nearly 60 companies in its membership.

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