Nyko hit with class-action lawsuit over 3rd party Nintendo Switch Dock controversy

Nyko hit with class action lawsuit over 3rd party Nintendo Switch Dock controversy

Nyko hit with class-action lawsuit over 3rd party Nintendo Switch Dock controversy

With the release of Nintendo’s 5.0 software update for their Switch console, several users of the console have reported issues, that range from a temporary loss of console functionality to a permanent “bricking” of the console when using a 3rd party docking solution. 

Since this bug came to light, Nintendo has stated that some 3rd party docking systems, which are used to connect the console to a television, do not use a 56 OHM resistor and are prone to damaging their console. Nintendo sells replacement docks for around $90, giving 3rd party manufacturers the opportunity to create cheaper versions which are smaller and therefore easier to transport. 

One of the affected manufacturers in this Nintendo Switch 3rd party dock kerfuffle is Nyko, with disgruntled Switch user, Michael Skiathitis, filing a class-action lawsuit against the company in the US district court of California. The suit alleges that Nyko has not gone far enough to disclose the bug to affected consumers and that consumers could potentially damage their systems by using their product, which Nyko has marketed as supporting Nintendo’s console. 

Below is a comment from Michael Skiathitis lawsuit against Nyko. 

 

    unbeknownst to consumers, the Nyko Portable Docking Kits for Nintendo Switch are prone to causing numerous problems to the devices that they are intended to support.

In a statement to Kotaku, Nyko has said that they are “aware of the issue “, with 3rd part docks from FastSnail and Insignia also being affected by similar problems. Nyko has also conducted internal testing on the issue and says that “we believe it is related to the way the Switch handles AV output for an external TV/monitor while the console is docked on the Portable Docking Kit.” 

 

  

Nyko hit with class action lawsuit over 3rd party Nintendo Switch Dock controversy

  

Nintendo’s stance on the issue is that consumers should purchase officially supported accessories for their Switch console, though it is undeniable that these products functioned as intended with Nintendo’s console before update 5.0 landed. This fact has fueled rumours that Nintendo released the update on purpose to push more customers towards higher-cost first-party docking solutions, though it is unlikely that Nintendo would intentionally brick their consoles. 

A major factor for this lawsuit will be whether or not Nyko knew about the specifications of Nintendo’s official Switch docks before the release of their 3rd party version, which seems likely, as this would prove that they intentionally created a sub-spec product. Even then it is hard to know how this lawsuit will go. 

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