Nintendo armed itself against the SteamGridDB site with covers of
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Nintendo armed itself against the SteamGridDB site with covers of games for the Steam library, but users launched a counterattack

portal Ars Technica noted that Japanese publisher Nintendo has filed multiple Copyright Infringement Complaints (DMCA) against SteamGridDB (SGDB) site with custom cover art for Steam library games.

    Image source: Nintendo

Image source: Nintendo

Since 2015, the SGDB collection has grown to hundreds of thousands of images for tens of thousands of games – both standard for Steam and third-party (emulated). The portal itself doesn’t come with any ROM files, which didn’t stop it from falling out of favor with Nintendo.

In complaints since October 27, Nintendo has requested that SGDB remove cover art for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Splatoon 3, Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 that uses its intellectual property in conflict.

    SGDB administration had to remove dozens of covers at Nintendo's request (Image source: SteamGridDB)

SGDB administration had to remove dozens of covers at Nintendo’s request (Image source: SteamGridDB)

According to Nintendo pictures “highly likely to mislead buyers”. The SGDB admin says the company fought the covers with their sprites and assets, completely ignoring the original creations.

Why were Nintendo’s complaints so targeted, SGDB Administrator “has no clear idea”, but the fact of the claims was not surprised. The portal received strikes from other publishers, albeit not in that number.

    Image source: SteamGridDB

Image source: SteamGridDB

As noted by the portal PC gamerdue to complaints from Nintendo, users started uploading even more covers to the SteamGridDB website (especially noticeable in Breath of the Wild page), including mockery company policy.

Nintendo is traditionally jealous of the creations of fans based on its property: we can remember the closed fan-made remake of Metroid 2, the parody No Mario’s Sky and many other projects.

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