Nintendo tracks emulation sites offering its games to close them. Nintendo has always fiercely protected its intellectual property now they have filled lawsuit against the sites. Two sites have just fallen on the field of honor.
The video game emulation sites works as a computer program that allows a computer or video game console to emulate the behavior of another video game console, or an arcade system, as the Wikipedia defines. In other words, these sites allow playing certain games on other platforms than the console to which they are linked on PC or mobile. For example, by simulating ROM you could play Mario Kart on your computer.
In the past, the Japanese firm has already removed 562 fan games from a hosting platform for infringement of copyright. Now it happened again with the sites LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co , two sites notoriously known for hosting pirated games, reported byTorrent Freak.
Nintendo intends to enforce its copyrights and accuses, shows no mercy for them, “Through the LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites, Defendants reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and display a staggering number of unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s video games, all without Nintendo’s permission.” They company stated.
Such sites are particularly useful for games and retro consoles that are no longer sell and allow users to enjoy games they have been addicted to for decades.
The Kyoto firm, Jacob Mathias, the owner of the two sites incriminated through his company Mathias Designs which is located in Arizona, has nothing of the fan motivated by altruism, his sites are a real business which he takes advantage of:
“The accused are not casual gamers, but rather individuals with extensive knowledge of Nintendo’s intellectual property and the video game industry in general.”
The Japanese console also accuses these sites of distributing proprietary BIOS software with the logos and characters deposited by Nintendo.
While Nintendo requested the closure of these sites, they are now offline. The company claims $150,000 per bogus game and $2 million for every violation they have done. With more than 140 protected titles and 40 registered trademarks, the damages claimed could reach $100 million.