Back in 2019, We wrote about Nintendo’s efforts to shut down RomUniverse website, which hosts and even sells premium access to pirated Nintendo games. That case is now over, the site is gone, and Nintendo has awarded $ 2.1 million in damages.
How Torrent freak report, RomUniverse’s Matthew Storman has actually decided to fight Nintendo in court without a lawyer. That didn’t go well for Storman, where his defense – based on “denying he uploaded any files to said website” – was quickly dismantled by Nintendo’s actual lawyers, who referred to Storman’s own affidavit, where he admitted. .. uploading ROM files to his site.
While Nintendo originally sought damages of $ 90,000 for each of the 49 games discovered on the site, the judge awarded the company $ 35,000 each. Since Storman has already closed the website and is currently unemployed, th is number is sufficient. Nintendo was also awarded a one-time payment of $ 400,000 for statutory trademark damage.
It’s important to note here that in addition to hosting pirated Nintendo games, Storman sold premium access to them, where users could get faster access to ROM files for $ 30. In the last year RomUniverse was in operation, Storman claims to have made between $ 30,000 and $ 36,000 in these payments.