A few weeks ago, Nintendo of America filed a lawsuit against LoveROMs and LoveRETRO retro video game ROM provider sites, two sites the Japanese manufacturer considers to be “among the most open and well-known online platforms for pirated video games.” The gaming industry giant blames these two sites for infringing the copyright of its brands, including reproducing, distributing, publicly executing, and displaying a colossal number of unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s video games. without the permission of Nintendo like mentioned in All Super ROM
Nintendo also reproaches LoveROMs and LoveRETRO for reproducing, distributing and publishing an extensive library of other Nintendo-protected works including proprietary BIOS software for several Nintendo gaming systems. The Japanese manufacturer has claimed damages for $ 150,000 per game offered without authorization by the sites and $ 2 million per trademark infringement. With the two sites potentially hosting more than 140 games and running more than 40 Nintendo trademarks, the total compensation cost could be more than $ 100 million, a staggering amount.
A few hours ago, EmuParadise, a site with activities similar to those of the first two, announced that it would no longer provide video game ROMs. The site claims that it has always executed the withdrawal requests it has received over its 18-year history, but that this did not prevent the Site Admin Team from receiving threatening letters or preventing receive complaints urging them to stop the servers of the site abruptly.
“Over the years, I have worked tirelessly with the rest of the EmuParadise team so that everyone can find their solution for retro games. We have received thousands of emails from people telling us how happy they have been to rediscover and even share their childhood with the next generations in their families. We received emails from soldiers at war saying that the only way they could support their day was to get lost again in the games they played as kids. We received emails from people who have lost loved ones to cancer and were able to find solace by playing the games they once performed. There are countless stories like these, “reads the post of the creator of the site in which he announces the news.
“It has been a long and beautiful journey with many ups and downs. When I created EmuParadise, things could have gone one way or the other. But currently, the direction in which they go cannot be more precise, “he said before stressing that the risks were too significant to continue providing ROMs. He says he can not, in his soul and conscience, endanger the future of the team members with whom he has managed the site for almost two decades.
But, he insisted that this was not the end of EmuParadise. The site will continue to exist through the emulator database, community, and blog. He also noted that he and his team had already made plans for a site renewal. Finally, he asked the site’s subscribers to give their opinion on what they think the site should do now.
And of course, the opinions of users of the site are predictable. They did not miss words to express their dissatisfaction with this announcement. Not only do they think that Nintendo would be involved in this decision, but they also believe he would not be the only one to want to put EmuParadise on the doorstep. They are most unhappy because, for them, downloading games over 20 years old would not cause any harm to Nintendo. Others are not surprised by this decision. According to them, it is not strange to see a site that provides pirated content announced that it stops doing so to avoid legal action from companies such as Nintendo and others.