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.

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.

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Nintendo is saying: you own the game, but you don’t “own” the game; you do a lot of work in the game, but it’s not real work worth real money; only I can be remunerated for my work..

Which is bs. I’m sure that doing this protects nintendo from some laws somewhere, but those laws are also bs. At this point the game exists outside of nintendo’s hands, it has to create all these user agreements to try and control it, but games in general should have more autonomy from the corporate control of their creators. Players need to demand more control over what they spend so much time and effort on.