Leaders of ‘notorious’ Team Xecuter game piracy, homebrew group arrested

Two alleged leaders of the Team Xecuter game piracy group, known for selling methods to hack and homebrew consoles, have been arrested.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said on Friday that Max Louarn and Gary Bowser were arrested abroad. Bowser, a Canadian national, was deported from the Dominican Republic, and extradition is being sought for Louarn, a French national, to stand trial in the US. 

Chinese national Yuanning Chen, another alleged member of the group, has also been charged. Charges have been filed in the US District Court in Seattle.

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Team Xecuter is known for developing devices and software designed to hack Nintendo consoles, including the Switch and 3DS. 

There is a long-standing community of hackers and gaming enthusiasts focused on jailbreaking consoles — such as Nintendo handhelds, the PSX, and PS Vita — and

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