Nintendo awarded $2.1 million in RomUniverse pirated games lawsuit

Nintendo of America has actually been granted $2.1 million in damages after winning a claim versus pirated video game seller RomUniverse. Nintendo initially submitted the suit in September 2019, with the business requesting for $15 million in damages. Though the case was chosen in Nintendo’s favor, the judge went with a lower number: $2,115,000.

TorrentFreak initially reported the Nintendo win recently.

RomUniverse was initially run by California resident Matthew Storman, who argued in court that he didn’t submit the pirated video games himself. However Nintendo, in its initial problem, stated the website supposedly provided subscriptions for as much as $30 each year, which let customers download video games much faster than non-subscribers.

Showing that kind of profit off of Nintendo’s copyrighted works is how the company won the $2.1 million judgment. Nintendo stated RomUniverse had a catalog of both new and old Nintendo video games, which were downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.

Nintendo has previously won similar cases, both in U.S. and U.K. courts, including a $12.2 million settlement against ROM sellers. The business is well known for cracking down on those it perceives as stealing its intellectual property; multiple lawsuits are in the works, targeting Nintendo Switch hack creators and resellers.

The actions aren’t limited to just civil lawsuits. In 2020, two hack creators — including one named Gary Bowser — were arrested and charged with 11 felonies. Nintendo also filed a lawsuit against Bowser this year, alleging comparable copyright infringement for creating and selling Switch hacks. Nintendo called this sort of copyright infringement a “serious, worsening international problem” in one of its earlier suits.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.