After 18 years of hosting retro game roms, EmuParadise has announced they will no longer be hosting roms. The site’s founder making this move as a way to protect the site’s team, as Nintendo has recently been bringing lawsuits against rom hosting sites. The ongoing litigation against some of these sites could result in over $90 million in copyright damages that the owners and staff of the sites would have to pay and receive legal repercussions for.
It’s not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences. I cannot in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years. We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times. Unfortunately, it’s not possible right now to do so in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble.
This is an extremely emotional decision for me after running this site for so many years. But I believe it is the right thing for us at this point of time.
EmuParadise’s founder has said they want to avoid that and will stop hosting roms while still hosting emulators and “supporting their passionate retro gaming community.”
An interesting question being posed though is what made these site pop up in the first place? With some saying that it wasn’t a desire for free games but rather and desire to maintain and collect old games.
We’ve received thousands of emails from people telling us how happy they’ve been to rediscover and even share their childhood with the next generations in their families. We’ve had emails from soldiers at war saying that the only way they got through their days was to be lost in the retrogames that they played from when they were children. We’ve got emails from brothers who have lost their siblings to cancer and were able to find solace in playing the games they once did as children. There are countless stories like these.
Via – EmuParadise
Whatever comes from this set of lawsuits by Nintendo, it will be interesting to see if this sparks a second wave of retro collection similar to the trend gaming had from around 2006 to 2011.