Yuzu emulator shut down: Nintendo wins multimillion-dollar lawsuit

Tropic Haze behind the Yuzu emulator has admitted guilt

by Sededin Dedovic
Yuzu emulator shut down: Nintendo wins multimillion-dollar lawsuit
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Last week, the public witnessed a legal battle erupt between Nintendo and the company behind the Yuzu emulator, resulting in a formal lawsuit. This emulator has allowed players around the world to access Nintendo Switch games on different platforms, beyond the supported devices.

However, after intense negotiations, news arrived that the Yuzu team had agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement agreement, which had significant implications for the future of this project. According to the details of the agreement, Tropic Haze LLC, the owner of the Yuzu emulator, agreed to pay $2.4 million in damages to Nintendo, in recognition of the damage they caused.

Additionally, Tropic Haze has ceased further distribution of the software. Although this decision meant the end of the official development of the Yuzu project, it is important to note that the emulator still remains available as open source software, although not through official distribution channels.

This means that users who want to access the Yuzu emulator may have to look for unofficial sources, which raises the question of the safety and reliability of downloading software from such platforms. The settlement agreement also included a public apology from Tropic Haze, which confirmed Nintendo's claims about the Yuzu emulator's role in supporting piracy, particularly in the case of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

According to Nintendo, this game was illegally downloaded more than a million times before the official release date, which is a clear indication of the seriousness of the problem. One of the unexpected consequences of this agreement is the withdrawal of another emulator developed by the company Tropic Haze, namely Citra.

Although Citra was not directly affected by the lawsuit, the decision to withdraw from the network was a precautionary measure by the company, possibly out of fear of potential future legal problems. This legal battle between Nintendo and the Yuzu/Citra teams raises questions about the boundaries between support for open source projects and intellectual property protection.

Although Yuzu was created as a project to provide wide access to Nintendo Switch games, its use for unauthorized purposes could not go unnoticed.