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Discord servers for Switch emulators Suyu and Sudachi taken offline

Posted on April 12, 2024 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News, Switch

Switch emulators Suyu and Sudachi

The Verge is reporting that Discord servers for Suyu and Sudachi, a pair of Switch emulators, have been taken offline. Additionally, their lead developers’ accounts are now entirely disabled.

Discord director of product communications Kellyn Slone said in a statement:

“Discord responds to and complies with all legal and valid Digital Millennium Copyright Act requests. In this instance, there was also a court ordered injunction for the takedown of these materials, and we took action in a manner consistent with the court order.”

At the end of February, Nintendo filed a new lawsuit against the creators of Yuzu. A settlement was reached soon after which included $2.4 million in damages, future distributed was prohibited, and development of the project was forced to end.

While Yuzu came to an end, Suyu and Sudachi started up as as forks. These two projects were looking to make further changes to the code in hopes of complying with Nintendo, but it seems things haven’t worked out thus far.

Discord hasn’t been forthcoming regarding details about the situation. Suyu and Sudachi developers received messages about how they were sharing content that allegedly violates intellectual property rights, but they don’t provide much information. Although Discord says it’s following normal procedures for DMCA takedown requests, it’s unclear if there was a valid DMCA takedown request or that those communities were actually violating IP rights. The Verge notes that code never appeared on servers, though the possibility exists that some users shared sensitive content such as Nintendo’s cryptographic keys, firmware, or pirated games in these servers despite those commitments. 

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