Gary Bowser, a member of the notorious Team Xecuter Switch modding group, has been released from prison after serving 16 months for criminal charges related to piracy. Bowser was a key figure in the group and mainly worked in sales and promotion.
Team Xecuter benefited from the open-source work of Switch hackers, sold devices at a profit to help others hack their Switches, and were far more explicit about the piracy aspect of their exploits than other groups. That’s why the arrest of Bowser and other TX members shocked the console hacking scene when their indictments came down in October 2020.
Bowser was sentenced to 40 months in prison and restitution of $4.5 million in February 2022 after pleading guilty to criminal charges. He had previously agreed to pay Nintendo $10 million in a separate civil suit. Despite this compensation, he will likely owe Nintendo $14.5 million for the rest of his life. Bowser spent his time in prison working federal jobs, with his wages garnished by Nintendo for reparations.
Bowser revealed his release on the NickMoses 05 Gaming Podcast and discussed his battle with the company. He has paid $175 since his detention, and according to Bowser, Nintendo will take 25 to 30 percent of his gross monthly income, and he will have up to six months to start making payments. Being in his early 50s and now a convicted felon, it seems unlikely that Bowser will be able to accrue more than $18.1 million CAD to pay his US settlements.