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Switch Emulator Yuzu Settles Lawsuit with Nintendo Out of Court, Paying $2.4 Million in Damages and Prevented From Offering Yuzu Monetarily

Development on Yuzu will effectively stop and the emulator will cease to exist

Last week, Nintendo sued Tropic Haze, the company behind the Nintendo  Switch emulator Yuzu, claiming it “facilitat[ed] piracy at a colossal scale,” now it has been revealed via court documents that the two parties have mutually agreed to settle the lawsuit out of court with the emulator company paying 2.4 million USD in damages, according to VGC.

The settlement isn’t just a monetary agreement as part of it, Tropic Haze was also issued permanent injunction that prohibits them from offering, marketing/promoting, or distributing Yuzu and its source code in the future. Development on Yuzu will effectively stop and cease to exist with the emulator’s website and services (seemingly like its Patreon page) officially shutting down with other information related to the Nintendo Switch emulator surrendered as part of the agreement.

Additionally, Trophic Haze members are prevented from circumventing Nintendo’s technical protection, meaning it’s doubtful that Yuzu will rise again under a different name. Anyone using any version or variations of Yuzu will now be illegal, and any use of Switch emulation decryption keys violates Nintendo’s rights under DMCA and copyrights. While the Switch emulator has been around for quite a while, it gained Nintendo’s true ire in the lead-up to The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s release, which was claimed to have been pirated more than one million times before launch.

“With Yuzu in hand, nothing stops a user from obtaining and playing unlawful copies of virtually any game made for the Nintendo Switch, all without paying a dime to Nintendo or to any of the hundreds of other game developers and publishers making and selling games for the Nintendo Switch,” the company said. In effect, Yuzu turns general computing devices into tools for massive intellectual property infringement of Nintendo and others’ copyrighted works,” Nintendo said in a statement via VGC.