HoYoVerse is cracking records on accounts and folks leaking details about its games. According to a study published in Axios, miHoYo – the Shanghai-based owner of the HoYoVerse logo and parent company of Genshin Impact publisher Cognosphere – requested a California court to subpoena information from social networking platform Twitter concerning the identity of people running prominent Genshin Impact leak accounts. [Thanks, Axios Gaming!

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The subpoena was issued in February 2023 with respect to miHoYo and ask for that Twitter to provide “names, telephone numbers, IP addresses, along with other information sufficient to identify” the individuals who run the accounts @mmowts, @mmowts, and @mmowts. These three accounts have posted leaked details about unreleased servings of Genshin Impact. In many cases, the causes of the info are unclear, but likely from test builds from the game distributed to playtesters by miHoYo, or via data mining activities. In response, the operator of @GenshlnWorld seems to have closed their account, as the operator of @mmowts makes their account private. @mmowts continues to be active, nevertheless, its last post is dated February 4, 2023.

This isn’t the very first-time miHoYo has had action against a Genshin Impact leak phenomenon. As far back as 2021, miHoYo publicly requested players to avoid spreading leaked information on version 1.5. In 2022 and 2023, TorrentFreak reported that miHoYo went after prominent Genshin Impact leakers according to Discord, for example, Ubatcha, the Genshin Impact Leakers’ Group, and House of Daena. The global game industry has a tendency to vary using its treatment of leakers. Some developers and publishers complain or turn a blind eye and encourage their communities to ignore leaks. At the same time, some take lawsuits, which range from using copyright strikes to suing perpetrators.

Genshin Impact can be obtained on iOS devices, Android devices, PS4, PS5, and PC. The following content update, version 3.5, goes reside in March 2023.