Over 8,500 Yuzu Emulator Repositories Targeted for DMCA Takedown by Nintendo

Nintendo continues to aggressively protect its IP.

By Olivia Montalvo. Posted 05/13/2024 15:20 Comment on this     ShareThis

In a major escalation of its legal battle against game emulators, Nintendo has issued a DMCA takedown notice that has resulted in the removal of over 8,500 GitHub repositories related to the Yuzu Nintendo Switch emulator.

According to reports, Nintendo submitted the DMCA notice to GitHub earlier this week, targeting repositories that allegedly provided access to the Yuzu emulator or code derived from it. GitHub responded by deleting the entire network of 8,535 repositories, including the parent repository, due to the extensive infringing content within.

The notice claimed that the Yuzu emulator and its derivatives “illegally circumvent Nintendo’s technological protection measures and run illegal copies of Nintendo Switch games.”  Nintendo has taken an aggressive stance in protecting its intellectual property, previously securing a $2.4 million settlement from the Yuzu developer Tropic Haze, which led to the emulator’s shutdown.


Yuzu Emulator Logo

However, the mass deletion of Yuzu-related repositories on GitHub suggests that Nintendo is now targeting the wider community of emulator enthusiasts. Many users had begun preserving Yuzu’s code by creating forks and uploading them to platforms like GitHub, in an effort to keep the emulator alive.

The implications of Nintendo’s legal crusade against emulators extend beyond just the Yuzu case. Game historians and preservationists have long argued that emulators play a crucial role in preserving gaming history, especially as the corresponding hardware becomes increasingly scarce.

As the video game industry continues to evolve, the battle between platform holders and emulator developers is likely to intensify. Nintendo’s latest actions demonstrate its determination to protect its intellectual property and revenue streams, even if it means sacrificing the potential benefits of emulation for game preservation and accessibility.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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