Massive, Popular Minecraft Mod “Pixelmon” Shut Down After Requests by The Pokemon Company

A popular Minecraft mod named “Pixelmon” has been shut down by The Pokemon Company, following the publisher sending out a request (presumably a C&D) to the fan-developed mod.

The mod was supported, expanded, and developed for over 5 years, at its height over 560 Pokemon were introduced to Minecraft.

Here’s a message posted by the team:

It’s Been a Gréat Ride

With much sadness, but keeping all our fond memories, we must announce that Pixelmon is ending its development. We have had a great time making this mod and creating such a wonderful community but after a request from the Pokémon company we will be shutting our doors. I’m sorry for the disappointment this will cause but let’s remember all the great times we had playing Pixelmon, discussing Pokémon, making awesome things inside this mod and everything else that we’ve done.

All good things come to an end eventually and now is our time. However there are always more things to do, to be a part of and to enjoy. Keep going out there to find fun projects to be a part of and other great things to invest your time and enthusiasm into.

The Pixelmon Team

Despite numerous fan-projects based on Nintendo intellectual property being threatened and subsequently ended throughout the years, fan projects keep popping up. Recent examples include the Metroid AM2R remake, and even a 9-year developed Pokemon fan game – Pokemon Uranium.

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  1. Ckarasu
    July 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I’ve heard less than pleasant things about the dev’s business practices, so this wasn’t a surprise when I heard this happened. I don’t blame The Pokemon Company for doing this, given the context.

  2. chaoguy
    July 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    “Hey you know that Sonic Mania game was made by a fan?”
    “Apparently he made Smartphone and PC ports for fun then just straight-up sold them to Sega.”
    “Huh? Crazy.”
    “I know right! There’s these guys who have put Pokemon into Minecraft. Now I know Minecraft is getting a Switch port, so-”
    “Say no more Bill. I know exactly what you mean.”
    “Thanks Reggie, I-”
    “I’ll get legal to fuck them in the ass by lunch.”
    “No, Reggie, not again, c’mon.”

  3. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    July 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    They made money off it, so no sympathy from me.

  4. Lucky
    July 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    They did? How?

    Donations, I assume.

  5. SuuLoliBoob
    July 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Just so you know, the Pokemon Company and Nintendo are two completely different things.
    yes, nintendo does own the “Pokemon Company” but so does Gamefreak and creatures.

  6. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    July 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Adfly, which many Minecraft custom servers (illegally) make money from, despite being fanmade.

  7. bdp
    July 19, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Surprised this didn’t die a lot earlier.

  8. CatCouch
    July 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    It does make me wonder what the specific reasons are for when Nintendo takes down a video, fan project, fan art etc. I can see the bigger issues a competing project would run into, like AM2R as it’s a game and Nintendo is making a remake, but what triggers things like the Tumblr fan art DMCA’s?

    There’s no shortage of SFW and erotic fan art on Tumblr. They’re not going after the most popular/visible stuff, it’s not monetized stuff, erotic art is still there in full force. It just seems random when something is taken down and I’m not aware of anyone but Nintendo that goes after things as low as fan art and most of those YouTube videos.

  9. Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    July 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Why people keep mentioning Pokemon Uranium like it was something worthy? It’s just a badly designed Pokemon rom hack.

  10. Tubsiwub
    July 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Since when are mods illegal?

  11. Zombie_Barioth
    July 20, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Exactly, and Pokemon Co. are officially a brand-management company. They basically exist to handle everything outside the whelm of developing games.

    The only time Nintendo has issued a C&D or DMCA for anything Pokemon related has been the games themselves.

    Game Freak stays quite, probably to maintain plausible deniability. They’re aware of a lot of fan projects, but they can’t acknowledge their existence.

    Somebody asked Masuda what he thinks about fan games and he basically replied “the team and I have been really impressed, but I can’t talk about that stuff”.

    But I think that’s generally how it goes, so long as they can pretend not to see it they won’t do anything. Its kinda hard to do that with anything Minecraft though.

  12. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    July 20, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Considering they aren’t already getting sales from people with a proper PC, these stupid gestures only serve to remind us what a scum company Nintendo is.

  13. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    July 20, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Since Rockstar.

  14. Anon630
    July 20, 2017 at 10:54 am

    As a result, I’m not bothered by the existence of switch roms. Oh no~~~~ that sucks.

  15. Shep
    July 20, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Even Rockstar/Take Two went back and revised their mod policy so OpenIV could keep going. There’s no excuse for Nintendo dicking people over for fair use.

  16. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    July 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    They were making money off Adfly.

  17. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    July 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    It clearly says it was Pokemon Company, not Nintendo. They are two separate companies.

  18. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    July 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Yeah, that’s why it was nominated alongside AM2R in the fangame category of the VGAs. Come on dude.

  19. Darkassassian Plays
    Darkassassian Plays
    July 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    But then again they made the Pixelmon launcher to change that

  20. KarjamP
    July 24, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    He meant that the addon, itself, used it.

    Nintendo’s willing to take down anything that involves commecial content. This is what Reggie had admitted. They consider monetization of any kind, in regards to downloading the mod, as commercialization.

  21. MLGeoff
    July 27, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I’m glad I’ve been emulating every game Nintendo has ever released. They don’t deserve my money.

  22. The Whale Bear
    The Whale Bear
    August 22, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    a) It’s not a ROM hack, it’s a fan made game.
    b) It takes effort and dedication to make your own two hundred pokemon game, including new mechanics that weren’t even in the original game, and making sprites.

  23. Ghastcraze
    September 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Did they? Wasn’t it a free download, like, since it was originally created?

  24. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    September 14, 2017 at 12:28 am

    They were making money commercially off an IP they didn’t license. Pretty cut and dry.

  25. Ghastcraze
    September 14, 2017 at 8:18 am

    That doesn’t really answer my question(s). Also, isn’t there something somewhere about making money off of something being ok if the money mostly goes towards developing the thing? I might be wrong.

  26. Ghastcraze
    September 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Also, it feels kinda shitty that they shut down a mod that allowed us to play their game the way Pokemon fans have been asking for since 1996. It’s just stupid.