In the world of video games, piracy is a hotly debated topic. While some gamers are content with purchasing their games through legitimate means, others prefer to obtain them through less reputable channels. Recently, a popular subreddit devoted to promoting piracy of Nintendo Switch games, including The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, was banned by the site's administrators.

The subreddit in question, which was called "SwitchPirates," had over 70,000 members before it was shut down. Among its many posts were links to websites offering free downloads of popular Switch titles such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In particular, the subreddit was heavily promoting a new fan-made Zelda game called Tears of the Kingdom, which was available for anyone to download.

Nintendo, like many game companies, has been fighting back against piracy for years. In recent years, they have ramped up their efforts to prevent people from downloading and sharing their games illegally. In the case of Tears of the Kingdom, the company has been particularly aggressive, arguing that the game has not only stolen their intellectual property but also contains potentially harmful code that could damage Switch consoles.

While it's unclear whether Nintendo played a direct role in the subreddit's shutdown, it certainly seems that the company's legal team is taking the issue of Switch piracy seriously. In a statement, the company said that it "takes the protection of its intellectual property very seriously, and will continue to pursue legal action against those who violate its copyrights and trademarks."

Of course, there are still plenty of ways for gamers to obtain Switch games without paying for them. Torrent sites, for example, are notorious sources of pirated content. However, the fact that a large and popular subreddit dedicated to the promotion of Switch piracy has been taken down is a clear indication that companies like Nintendo are fighting back against the problem more aggressively than ever before. Whether or not this will be enough to stem the tide of piracy remains to be seen, but it's clear that the battle is far from over.

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