It was all good just a few days ago—or was it?
Last week, Soulja Boy’s questionable gaming console was still available in his Soulja Watch eStore, and his confidence was high enough for him to tweet, “For anyone that thinks Nintendo is going to sue me you’re retarded. Nothings going to happen everything is legit. My console isn’t going anywhere trust me.”
Now, it looks like Soulja Boy was allegedly vulnerable to a lawsuit from Nintendo; the SouljaGame consoles are no longer available on his site. According to MP1st, earlier this month, the 28-year-old was threatened with criminal charges for possibly breaking the Trademark Counterfeiting Act, which “makes it a federal offense to use a counterfeit trademark intentionally.”
But the only real proof we have is from Soulja Boy’s tweets, when on Dec. 29, he wrote, “I had to boss up, I didn’t have a choice,” followed by a shrug emoji.
When it was available, the SouljaGame Console and SouljaGame Handheld advertised 800 to 3,000 games with access to PlayStation, NeoGeo, PC, SEGA, Game Boy Advance, and NES classics. When professional YouTube gamers purchased the consoles, they quickly called out Soulja Boy for his faulty products.
But Nintendo has strict licensing and copyright policies. The gaming giant only recently relaxed on some of its harsh streaming rules for gamers on YouTube and Twitch, which left many wondering how Soulja Boy was cleared to release so many bad quality versions of Nintendo classics.
Earlier this month the artist told Rolling Stone, “Honestly, I feel that everything is 100 percent legit and there will be no reason for any legal ramifications or anything like that. ... It’s been researched. Everything has been basically confirmed that it’s a green light and we’re good."
And don't forget about his entry into the eSports field; he certainly hasn't.