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      …This is not a publishing deal for Palworld the video game, or an acquisition by Sony, rather an attempt to make the most of the game’s huge popularity with non-video game products, such as merchandise and music…

      Looks like we’re safe from any forced PSN account requirements. For now…

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    Players (suspicious): “So what is it you’re doing here, Sony?”

    Sony: “Merchandizing.”

    Players: “Merchandizing? What’s that?”

    Sony: “Merchandizing! Come, I’ll show you. Open up this door.”

    Sony: “Come, take a look! We’ve got the game’s logo on everything. Merchandizing, merchandizing… Where the real money from the game is made.”

    Sony: “Palworld the t-shirt! Palworld the cell phone case! Palworld the laptop stickers! *Palworld, the flamethrower!”

    Fwooosh!

    Sony: “The kids love it.”

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      Sony: “And lastly…”
      Gestures to a life-size Lovander doll
      Sony: “Palworld the mega-doll! Pose it however you want! Stand it dramatically in a window! Lay it in bed and use it as a pillow!”

      Sony (smugly): “But we know what you’re really going to use it for. You naughty little hand-holder, you.

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    I thought this meant they were getting bought out but it seems like a deal for selling merch and other products.

    We should be fine.

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      How many Pokemon rip-offs are there out there? Nintendo doesn’t own the idea of enslaving cutesy critters to fight for your entertainment.

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      The fact that they haven’t issued lawsuits already makes it more difficult to start them now.

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        They go after small youtubers to get a few pennies, whale eating tiny krill. They are very likely salivating about a cut of the meat from Palworld, they would have sued in a heartbeat if they could.

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          Guys! Guuuuys! I found someone who didn’t read the article! We are going to make so much money selling the wagons this time!

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            I didn’t, but I knew it was so far just a merch deal from the comments. I just don’t think that’s where this ends, and Sony does not have a reputation for being subtle in getting what it wants.

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              Because they have been stopped there. It’s up to those folks behind Palworld to not sign contracts or accept certain promises.

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    Not gonna lie, I missed the pokemon craze as a kid. Like yeah it was there but I never really got into it.

    That said, I’d be down to get some kind of Palworld merch like a plush or something.