Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

EmuParadise Stops Hosting Retro Games to Stay Out of Legal Trouble

EmuParadise Stops Hosting Retro Games to Stay Out of Legal Trouble

Jacob Mathias, the owner of LoveROMs, now stands to lose millions if a court decides in Nintendo's favour, and while old video games are cool and fun, hosting some on a website is not a hill anyone wants to financially die upon.

From receiving threatening letters in the early days to our hosts suddenly shutting down our servers due to complaints, we've seen it all.

While never specifically mentioned, the recent legal actions by Nintendo against two other prominent ROM sites, and, undoubtedly lead to EmuParadise's decision to change the way it operates. At this point, we don't entirely know what will happen with the site next, but whatever it ends up being, it won't offer ROM downloads anymore.

"We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times", said MasJ.

If you've been alive for more than a couple of decades, you've probably played a few "retro" games in your lifetime.

Android users who regularly use emulators may soon find it much harder to find retro games to play on the go.

EmuParadise has been the go-to destination for retro game ROM files since its beginning in 2000, as well as the home of a thriving retro gaming community and a database for emulators.

"Through the years I've worked tirelessly with the rest of the EmuParadise team to ensure that everyone could get their fix of retro gaming", reads the blog post. There are countless stories like these. But for now, we need to make this change.

In the statement, MasJ says that "It's not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences". Today, however, site founder MasJ released a statement titled "EmuParadise is Changing", and explained that in order to avoid continued legal battles and takedown notices that could "risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years", EmuParadise ROM downloads would no longer be available. Still, others believe that distributing ROMs is nothing more than mass piracy. We will continue to be passionate retro gamers and will keep doing cool stuff around retro games.

How you feel about Emuparadise's decision likely depends on where you fall on the emulation debate.

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