Nintendo isn’t having Dolphin released on Steam and the company will do everything it can to prevent the app from releasing on the platform. Dolphin is a hugely popular GameCube and Wii emulator that lets players emulate games they can’t find anymore on their PC.
The Dolphin app was originally meant to release on Steam. It has been around for over 20 years now and development on the app has finally hit a stable enough version to warrant a public release. Sadly, Nintendo has issued a DMCA takedown notice to the app creators and blocked them from releasing it on Steam.
According to the statement released by Dolphin, the DMCA notice says that the app violates Nintendo’s intellectual property rights.
“Because the Dolphin emulator violates Nintendo’s intellectual property rights, including but not limited to its rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)’s Anti-Circumvention and AntiTrafficking provisions, 17 U.S.C. § 1201, we provide this notice to you of your obligation to remove the offering of the Dolphin emulator from the Steam store.”
Even if Dolphin wanted to challenge Nintendo, the DMCA notice forces operators such as Steam to remove content after receiving a takedown request. It also forces them to notify the owners of the game/app about the infringement so they can file a counterclaim.
Of course, if Dophlin wanted to file a counterclaim it would result in a heavy lawsuit between the two parties. Of which, Dolphin won’t win. The app is used for piracy and there are very few loopholes you can jump through in order to get away with it.
In a statement, the creators shared their disappointment.
“It is with much disappointment that we have to announce that the Dolphin on Steam release has been indefinitely postponed. We were notified by Valve that Nintendo has issued a cease and desist citing the DMCA against Dolphin’s Steam page, and have removed Dolphin from Steam until the matter is settled. We are currently investigating our options and will have a more in-depth response in the near future.”
You can still download the Dolphin emulator without relying on Steam though. We don’t know if the creators have any intention of fighting Nintendo on this notice.
Source: Dolphin site