Nintendo sues the creator of Switch emulator, Yuzu

by Danny Craig  · 
Nintendo sues the creator of Switch emulator, Yuzu

Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against Tropic Haze, the creator of Switch emulator Yuzu, claiming that they facilitated “piracy at a colossal scale.”

The details:

  • As spotted by Game File journalist Stephen Totilo, the lawsuit claims that "[Nintendo] and its agents are fully aware of the use of Yuzu by others in performing circumvention, and in facilitating piracy on a colossal scale," and that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was pirated and played via the emulator over one million times before release.

  • According to Nintendo, sites hosting illegal copies of games prominently state that they are playable on Yuzu, causing the number of its Patreon supporters to double. The company claims that this makes Tropic Haze partially liable for the infringement, and it is seeking monetary compensation and the shutdown of the emulator.

  • Nintendo has a reputation for taking piracy seriously, with hacker Gary Bowser serving a prison sentence as well as being ordered to pay the company a $10 million fine and 25-30% of his lifetime income for selling Switch mod chips.

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