The creators of Yuzu will pay Nintendo $2.4 million – the emulator is closed

At the end of February , it became known that Nintendo filed a lawsuit against the Tropic Haze team, which is developing and supporting the popular Switch emulator called Yuzu.

A little less than a week later, the parties reached a pre-trial agreement – Tropic Haze will pay Nintendo $2.4 million in damages. In addition, the creators of the Yuzu emulator announced its closure.

Tropic Haze, due to an agreement with Nintendo, can no longer distribute the emulator in any form. In addition, the team closed the official website of the project, the Discord server and the page on the Patreon site. At the same time, they shut down a 3DS emulator called Citra.

Nintendo will receive the rights to the Yuzu domain and social media accounts. In its lawsuit, the Japanese company noted that it wants from Tropic Haze not only compensation for damage, but also the complete destruction of Yuzu.

The creators of Yuzu confirmed the closure of the project and published a message:

We are writing today to inform you that yuzu and Citra support will be discontinued effective today.

yuzu and its team have always been against piracy. We started projects with the best of intentions, out of passion for Nintendo, its consoles and games, and with no intention of causing harm. But we now see that because our designs bypass Nintendo’s technological protections and allow users to play games that are not on authorized hardware, they have led to widespread piracy. In particular, we were deeply disappointed when users used our software to leak game content before it was released and ruin the experience for legitimate customers and fans.

We have come to the conclusion that we cannot continue to allow this to happen. Piracy was never our intention and we believe that piracy in video games and gaming consoles must end. Starting today, we’re taking our code repositories offline, shutting down our Patreon accounts and Discord servers, and shutting down our websites soon. We hope that our actions will be a small step towards ending piracy of the works of all creators.

Thank you for your support over the years and for your understanding of this decision.

The original open source Yuzu emulator was released in 2018.