Valve removed Dolphin Emulator from Steam following Nintendo DMCA – Nintendo issued Valve a DMCA takedown notice over the release of the Dolphin emulator on Steam, following which Dolphin Emulator was delisted from Steam. According to the anti-circumvention section of the DMCA, the video game firm claimed the game had breached Nintendo’s rights.
On platforms other than the game’s intended console, such as Windows PC, MacOS, Linux, Android, and Xbox (One and Series X|S), Dolphin is a free and open-source emulator used to emulate and play Wii and GameCube games. Although it emulates GameCube and Wii games, it does not share the ROMs because Nintendo has copyright protection on them.
Valve removed Dolphin Emulator from Steam following Nintendo DMCA
Since emulators do not employ proprietary data, they are regarded as legal. However, the DMCA asserts that the emulator decrypts ROMs during or before run-time using cryptographic keys without Nintendo’s consent.
Wario64, a Twitter user, revealed that Dolphin Emulator had been removed from the Steam store. A screenshot of the developer team’s announcement regarding Nintendo’s legal activities was also included in the OP.
“It is with much disappointment that we have to announce that the Dolphin on Steam release has been indefinitely postponed,” the message read. “We are currently investigating our options and will have a more in-depth response in the near future.”
— Wario64 (@Wario64) May 26, 2023
Recent steps by Nintendo have halted the launch of Dolphin Emulator on Steam. The gaming firm has frequently issued DMCAs, copyright strikes, and cease and desist letters over the years when its IP is at issue, so this is not an unusual course of action for the company.
Additionally, some claimed that Nintendo would stop paying attention to the problem in the future. On the other hand, other individuals applauded Nintendo for joining the campaign to combat widespread piracy. Due to Nintendo’s DMCA, it is still unknown if this title will ever be accessible for download on Steam.