A total of 379 fan-made games have been removed from gaming website and hosting service Game Jolt after Nintendo of America issued a mass DMCA takedown.
As reported by TorrentFreak, Nintendo of America's legal team sent DMCA notices to the offending site in December. The warning, which has been published online by Game Jolt co-founder and CEO Yaprak DeCarmine, reads, "Certain material posted on the web site located at gamejolt.com infringes trademarks owned by Nintendo. Nintendo requests that you disable public access to certain pages of the web site located at gamejolt.com based on the following information."
The document then lists URLs to fan-made games and projects which Nintendo says had infringed upon its trademarks. "These web pages display images of Nintendo's video game characters in connection with unauthorized online games that copy the characters, music, and other features of Nintendo's video games," the notice says. "The web site at gamejolt.com generates revenue from advertising banners displayed on the site and advertisements played while users wait for the games to load."
TorrentFreak reports that many of the games' developers and fans of the offending projects have been taken by surprise, although Nintendo's mention of advertisement revenue being generated on the site's game pages makes the reasoning behind the takedowns clear. Nintendo has asked for the game pages to be taken down, but hasn't asked for any financial compensation.
While most of the games affected remain entirely unplayable, some – such as a game called 'Five Nights at Yoshi’s' – has reportedly been reuploaded with all advertisements disabled. Its creator says, "After looking into it, I believe the fact there was profit being earned from advertisements on the game page was the reason for the takedown of this game among countless others."
Nintendo's legal team has a reputation for being incredibly efficient when it comes to its intellectual property – in recent months, the company has also swooped in on a popular fan-made Zelda title and sued a Twitch and Tiktok star.