Gamevice sues Nintendo for Switch's Joy-Con controller design

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 12, 2017

One of the company's products called the Gamevice works in a similar way to the Joy-Cons, using two controllers which can attach to and detach from Android and Apple devices.

In the lawsuit, Gamevice is claiming that Nintendo "has caused, and is continuing to cause, damage and irreparable injury to Gamevice".

Gamevice, a company that mainly produces peripherals for mobile gaming, has recently filed a lawsuit against Nintendo, accusing the Kyoto company of having infringed a patent in the Joy-Con of Switch.

It asserts that this will ensure that further infringement does not occur, as well as awarding Gamevice with an unspecified sum for damages, and its attorney fees, expenses, and other costs.

The idea is interesting, but the similarities to the controllers of the Nintendo Switch are not very big there, right? Neither Gamevice nor Nintendo have commented on the lawsuit yet.

There are however no small number of ways the two differ. Nintendo's latest puppy could be banned from sale because of its Joy-Con controllers.

Gamevice, which was created under the name Wikipad in 2008 and co-founded by the current CEO of Oculus VR Brendan Iribe, was granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in September 2015, around a year before the Switch was first revealed to the market.

There's also the small matter of Switch's dock mechanism which turns the Switch into a home console you can play on a TV. Gamevice's Wikipad or its controllers do not offer this feature.

We'll keep an eye on the situation to see if either company issues a statement, but for now we're quite confident in saying it's unlikely that Nintendo's fantastic hybrid console will be pulled from sale any time soon.

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