NIXsolutions: GitHub Removes 8,500 Repositories Hosting Nintendo Switch Emulator Yuzu

Microsoft-owned GitHub has taken down more than 8,500 repositories housing copies of Yuzu, a popular Nintendo Switch emulator, following a request from Nintendo. The gaming giant has accused the developers of bypassing the console’s security measures to facilitate the illegal distribution of pirated games. However, the creators of Yuzu deny any deliberate promotion of piracy.


Legal Action and DMCA Allegations

Nintendo’s complaint echoes previous allegations against the Yuzu emulator developers, asserting that the software unlawfully circumvents the technological protections implemented by Nintendo and facilitates the unauthorized distribution of Switch games.

Similar to the removal of the Suyu emulator from GitLab, Nintendo’s legal argument relies on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which prohibits the dissemination of any technology primarily designed to bypass copyright protection measures.

GitHub’s Response and Developer Uncertainty

GitHub has stated that it provided the creators of the removed Yuzu derivatives with an opportunity to rectify their repositories, offering access to legal resources and guidance on appealing DMCA complaints. However, the effectiveness of these measures in aiding developers remains uncertain.

Previously, in March, Nintendo filed a lawsuit against Yuzu, prompting the emulator team to cease operations and agree to a $2.4 million settlement. The developers acknowledged that their software inadvertently contributed to piracy, a consequence they never intended, notes NIXsolutions.

“In particular, we were deeply frustrated when users used our software to leak game content prior to its official release, ruining the game experience for legitimate customers and fans,” reads an archived statement from the Yuzu team on GitHub.

We’ll keep you updated on any further developments regarding this issue.