Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Real Money Trade Violates The Terms Of Service, Nintendo Points Out

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A digital economy has sprung up around Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Japanese website J-Cast reports that the characters Dom (pictured), Judy, and Marshal are being sold for 5,000 yen ($46.59) on Twitter in Japan in the real money trade.

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The character Jack, J-Cast adds, is going for 8,000 yen ($74.49).

Nintendo has strictly defined rules about monetization. As clearly stated on the network services guidelines, Nintendo writes, “You may monetize your videos and channels using the monetization methods separately specified by Nintendo. Other forms of monetization of our intellectual property for commercial purposes are not permitted.”

J-Cast reached out Nintendo regarding the real-money trade of Animal Crossing: New Horizons characters. “We are aware of the violation of our terms of use,” Nintendo replied. Nintendo added that it is currently considering what steps should be taken regarding the sale of New Horizons characters.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

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fireupabove

Wait, how does selling villagers even work? How do you get them from one player to another? Is this a thing you can do in game, like get someone to visit your island, chat them your Venmo or Cash app, then they can somehow leave with a villager? Animal trafficking seems like a real horrifying thing to include in a relaxation simulator!