Nintendo ‘Wins’ $12.2 Million From A Couple Who Ran ROM Sites

Alonzo Simpson
November 14, 2018

The sites hosted a number of ROMs (digital copies of games, that can be run on an emulator) of old Nintendo games raging from Pokémon Yellow to Mario Kart 64.

Our website, LoveROMS.com/LoveRetro.co, previously offered and performed unauthorised copies of Nintendo games, in violation of Nintendo's copyrights and trademarks.

Many of them have already purged their sites of Nintendo's IP in an effort to avoid its wrath, but it was too late for the Mathias couple, who accepted the charge and settled with Nintendo for the $12.3 million figure. "To access legitimate Nintendo games online, please visit [our_site] for information about the [Game Store]". Nintendo has also been granted a permanent injunction against the couple, which means that they have to hand over the two domain names and whatever infringing ROMs and emulators they have. However, an updated complaint filed on July 26 added Cristian Mathias as a defendant. "This includes thousands of games developed for almost every video game system Nintendo has ever produced".

A judgement released today has gone Nintendo's way, and is holding the owners of long-standing websites LoveROMS and LoveRETRO responsible for a whopping total of $12 million Dollars of damages to the Japanese video game giant.

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Nintendo is seeking up to US$150,000 for the infringement of each of its copyrighted works and up to US$2,000,000 for each trademark.

But it's not just the ROMs the couple used.

This lawsuit has had a ripple effect within the ROM world, seeing many sites close down out of fear that the video game maker will come after them next.

According to the complaint, Mathias Designs was incorporated in Arizona on February 17, 2016 with Jacob Mathias as the sole manager and employee, though Jacob Mathias had posted a video in 2010 directing users to LoveROMs.

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