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Nintendo Switch Facing Lawsuit Over Its Tablet Design

11 August 2017, 03:31 | Dale Webster

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California-based Gamevice filed its lawsuit at the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, July 9.

It has called for Switch sales to be halted and has asked the court for damages.

The Switch and its detachable Joy-Con controllers are said to be "too close to Gamevice's vision of a combination of detachable game controller and a device with a 'flexible bridge section, according to Endgadget". The Gamevice allows player to control their video games using buttons and joysticks, similar to a traditional gaming experience, rather than using the device's touchscreen.

Neither Gamevice nor Nintendo responded to CNBC's request for comment at the time of writing.

The Gamevice Wikipad, an accessory to turn a tablet into handheld gaming device. As you can see, it is a tablet with game controllers attached to either side but none of it really resembles the Nintendo Switch. Joy-Cons can also be used separately, while unattached from the Switch.

Nintendo has already been slowly coming out with new titles for the Switch as it also recently made its online services available to gamers.

And analysts have said it could have sold even MORE if the Switch hadn't been hit by widespread stock shortages. The game is also headed to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this month on August 29.

The chances of Gamevice's lawsuit being successful seems pretty unlikely. Nintendo predicted that it would be able to sell 10 million units of the Switch by the end of its fiscal year 2018.

The suit said that Gamevice has filed for patent protection and now holds more than 41 patents in ten countries related to a range of gaming devices, controls and accessories.

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