However, one of the most well-known websites in that landscape, EmuParadise, announced today that it's removing all ROMs from its platform due to legal fears.
Last month, Nintendo filed lawsuits against two emulator sites, LoveRETRO and LoveROMs, citing their "substantial ill-gotten gains" and pursuing $150,000 for each Nintendo game hosted on the sites as well as up to $2 million for trademark infringement, not to mention the domain names and sources of their Nintendo ROMs. We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times.
"It's not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences", reads a post on the EmuParadise website.
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Video game stories from other sites on the web. Unfortunately, "EmuParaside is changing", the company states on its website, and it is changing by removing all ROM links to avoid potential legal action. "I can not in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years", continues the post. In a statement issued yesterday, the site's creator, who is known as MasJ, said that while the site would continue to operate, it would no longer provide a place for people to download versions of their favourite retro games.
The prospect of facing a similar legal battle is a big reason why EmuParadise is bowing out from supplying ROMs, the digital copies of video games.
After 18 years of operation, EmuParadise is closing down, based on this report from Reddit.
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Thus, we have decided to make a new start. "Over the years, many folks have joined in and contributed to this vision and I think I can say that we've been successful in spreading our passion for retro games far and wide".
While the site's ROM library is no longer available, MasJ does say that they will still be able to provide a database of emulators - you'll just have to find the files to play on them elsewhere. Where we go with this is up to us and up to you. The founder notes that while hosting old games through EmuParadise has always been a challenge, the website had to make a drastic change this time as "the direction they are going in could not be more than clear".
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