Japanese celebrities warned not to mention Palworld in case it angers The Pokémon Company claims report

No one mention Palworld, or else (Picture: Pocketpair)

A talent agency is said to have told its clients not to mention Palworld in public or on social media to avoid any potential blowback from The Pokémon Company.

As lawyers ‘investigate’ whether action should be taken against Palworld over copyright infringement, it seems fears of upsetting The Pokémon Company, which is part owned by Nintendo, has rippled through Japan’s entertainment world.

According to a new report, a talent agency in Japan has told its clients not to mention Palworld in any public capacity, over fears that it could cost them work with The Pokémon Company and by association Nintendo in general.

As reported by Japanese outlet Tokyo Sports, an unnamed talent agency executive source said: ‘We have told our talent not to mention Palworld on social media or in public. This was done out of consideration for the Pokémon side as an agency. This decision was made in consideration of future potential collaborations.’

Palworld has become a breakout success since it launched in early access last month. As of January 31, the survival game has sold 12 million copies on Steam and reached a total of 19 million players across both PC and Xbox.

The very familiar looking designs of the monsters, however, has sparked allegations of plagiarism – which even led to death threats against developer Pocketpair.

While it hasn’t taken any direct action yet, The Pokémon Company clearly has its eye on Palworld. A Pokémon mod for the game was swiftly terminated, which was followed by an official statement where they outlined their intention to investigate any wrongdoing in Palworld itself.

‘We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024,’ the statement read. ‘We have not granted any permission for the use of Pokémon intellectual property or assets in that game.

‘We intend to investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokémon. We will continue to cherish and nurture each and every Pokémon and its world, and work to bring the world together through Pokémon in the future.’

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According to the developer, Palworld was cleared legally prior to release – but that was before it went onto become one of the most successful games of the year.

There’s a planned roadmap ahead for Palworld, including PvP modes and crossplay, so Pocketpair seems to think the game has a long future ahead of it.

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