Back in the summer, Nintendo made its biggest move against the emulation scene yet when it filed a lawsuit against the owner behind two websites: LoveROMS.com and LoveRetro.co. The owner’s name is Jacob Mathias. A new report from TorrentFreak has now come out today that the lawsuit has been settled in favor of Nintendo, which will be awarded over $12 million.
Both of the websites housed emulators and ROMs/ISOs from various gaming platforms, including many from Nintendo. The visual design of each website also used elements from Nintendo’s own artwork. In addition to all of this, the websites also ran ads and accepted donations. Taking all these factors into consideration, the Big N had quite a lot of legal ground to stand on when it filed the lawsuit, which totaled $100 million in damages. That’s a lot more than the $12 million that has now been awarded, but even this is still a pretty massive amount. No average Joe just has a few million dollars laying around, so it would be quite interesting to know where this money will come from.
A Ripple Effect
Prior to this report, it was mentioned a few weeks ago that Nintendo and Mathias were reaching a settlement. Now, the final confirmation is that Mathias (and also now his wife) has pled guilty to Nintendo’s claims, admitting that both LoveROMS and LoveRetro “constituted direct and indirect copyright and trademark infringement.”
The effects of this lawsuit have been felt throughout the emulation scene. Just weeks after the initial filing, an even larger website, EmuParadise, wiped its entire library of games from public servers. This enraged many retro gamers, but the creator of the website admitted that the reason was due to him not wanting to face a similar situation to what we have here with Mathias and his wife.
Now that the case has been settled in favor of Nintendo, this will send an even louder message to other emulation websites. So, don’t be surprised if more closures swiftly occur.