Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Against Yuzu Emulator Developers, Shuts Down Yuzu and Citra

In a significant development in the gaming industry, Nintendo, the Japanese multinational video game company, has emerged victorious in its lawsuit against the developers of Yuzu, a popular Nintendo Switch emulator.

Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Against Yuzu Emulator Developers, Shuts Down Yuzu and Citra
Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Against Yuzu Emulator Developers, Shuts Down Yuzu and Citra

A yuzu emulator allows gamers to play Nintendo Switch games on your computer or smartphone. It accused of “facilitating piracy at a colossal scale,” Yuzu is now shutting down, as confirmed by its developer, Bunnei. This decision will also impact Citra, the Nintendo 3DS emulator.

The lawsuit’s resolution came with Tropic Haze, the entity behind Yuzu, agreeing to pay Nintendo a hefty sum of $2,400,000. The joint filing revealed that Yuzu was ‘primarily designed to circumvent and play Nintendo Switch games,’ a violation of Nintendo’s copyright.

As part of the settlement, Tropic Haze has agreed to cease all work on Yuzu. This includes hosting or distributing Yuzu’s code or features, promoting Yuzu on social media, and any other activities that infringe upon Nintendo’s copyright.

In a further blow to the emulator, Tropic Haze will hand over the yuzu-emu.org domain name to Nintendo. It has also agreed to delete all copies of Yuzu, along with all circumvention tools used for developing or using Yuzu. This includes tools such as TegraRcmGUI, Hekate, Atmosphère, Lockpick_RCM, NDDumpTool, nxDumpFuse, and TegraExplorer. Any “physical circumvention devices” and “modified Nintendo hardware” will also be handed over to Nintendo.

Bunnei confirmed the news in the Yuzu discord, stating, “We write today to inform you that yuzu and yuzu’s support of Citra are being discontinued, effective immediately.” The statement further clarified that their intention was never to facilitate piracy, and they believe that piracy of video games and on video game consoles should end.

Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Against Yuzu Emulator Developers, Shuts Down Yuzu and Citra
Bunnei Statement on Yuzu discord

Interestingly, had Yuzu chosen to contest this lawsuit in court, a major point of contention would have been whether Yuzu genuinely bypassed Nintendo’s safeguards.

This is because Yuzu operates as a “bring-your-own-BIOS” emulator and does not contain Nintendo’s keys. However, Nintendo and Tropic Haze are currently seeking judicial confirmation that Yuzu indeed circumvents Nintendo’s copyright protections by utilizing said keys, irrespective of whether they are included with the emulator.

This case serves as a stark reminder of the legal implications of copyright infringement and the potential consequences for entities that violate these rights. It underscores the importance of respecting intellectual property rights in the gaming industry and beyond.

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