Nintendo’s DMCA notice to Game Jolt yanks more than 500 fan-made games in what possibly is their largest single-notice takedown
Nintendo makes it clear: We don’t want your fan-made games.
Indie Game community Game Jolt will not be safe from the prying eyes of Nintendo as the multinational game developer and publisher sends out a DMCA notice to the website asking it to disable public access to multiple fan-made independent titles that are inspired by Nintendo’s IPs, and by multiple we’re looking at about 562 different titles.
In the copy of the DMCA notice issued by Nintendo of America and which was made public by Game Jolt through GitHub, Nintendo states that the listed projects and webpages “display images of Nintendo’s video game characters in connection with unauthorized online games that copy the characters, music, and other features“, such characters include ones from the Legend of Zelda, Super Mario and Pokemon franchises.
The takedown will possibly be the largest ever, when it comes to the number of titles and projects involved, for a single DMCA notice and while Nintendo does not directly wish for Game Jolt to actually remove these projects from their website, these projects will no longer be accessible to public, although the creators themselves may still be able to access their files and possibly distribute them under Nintendo’s radar.
Nintendo has been long known to be very keen on fan-made projects that feature their IP, and even sparking controversy such as their attempt to prevent content creators from monetizing YouTube videos that show clips of their games or products.