If you want your game on a Nintendo console, you can’t relate to the Yakuza
Nintendo recently released a redacted version of its content licensing and distribution information. In it, Nintendo states that publishers and developers cannot have any ties to an “anti-social force” or the Yakuza.
Nintendo has an interesting history with the Yakuza. Long before Nintendo created video games, it produced playing cards, called hanafuda. In the late 1800s, gambling became illegal, but since these cards did not have a number, they were not illegal. For this reason, hanafuda were incredibly popular in the crime scene. The makers of Hanafuda didn’t want to associate their companies with the negative image of the cards, so Nintendo became the main producer. The Yakuza were the biggest buyers of hanafuda, and Nintendo was the number one supplier. Basically, the Yakuza helped Nintendo take power.
Eventually, Nintendo continued to create different products. It is now a major name in the video game industry, however, we must not forget Nintendo’s humble roots as producers of collectible cards.
Today, more than 100 years later, Nintendo is cutting ties with the Yakuza. The 26-page document doesn’t contain much, considering that Nintendo wrote the majority of it. In the document however, Nintendo makes it clear that anyone with ties to the Boryokudan (the Yakuza) will not be able to publish their games on Nintendo consoles. If you are affiliated with Yakuza, Nintendo can immediately terminate any existing contract.
Nintendo also states that employees of a developer or publisher are not permitted to have any connection with the Yakuza. Essentially, any interaction with the Yakuza counts as an affiliation. You can view the full document, but there isn’t the most content to read after the editorial staff. Since this is only a contractual agreement, it is not the most interesting.
Besides being affiliated with Yakuza, developers and publishers are not allowed to make “violent demands”, threaten Nintendo, damage property, commit fraud, or spread rumors. Overall, to have your games on Nintendo consoles, you don’t have to do anything wrong. This makes us wonder, what motivated this in the first place?
The news comes after the long-awaited lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games, which began on May 3. As you may know, Epic violated Apple Store rules, allowing players to pay for in-game content directly through the Epic Games Store, rather than paying through the App Store.
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