Garry’s Mod faces deluge of Nintendo-related DMCA takedown notices

Facepunch Studios announced on Steam that it is removing 20 years of Nintendo-related workshop items for its sandbox game Garry’s mod to comply with the requirements of the Japanese company. Earlier this year, an X-user named Brewster T. Koopa job that a group of trolls were filing false DMCA claims against the game to remove Nintendo’s add-ons and force add-on creators to shut down. The perpetrators allegedly used a fake email to pose as Nintendo’s lawyers to send DMCA takedown notices. Facepunch Studios said in its new announcement that it believed the requests were legitimately coming from Nintendo and that it should respect the company’s decision and begin removing material related to its IPs.

“This is an ongoing process, as we have 20 years of downloads to go through,” the developer wrote. “If you would like to help us by deleting your Nintendo-related downloads and never downloading them again, that would help us a lot.”

Koopa said in a follow-up tweet that he emailed the company to let them know the requests weren’t actually from Nintendo. They had previously argued that the takedown notices could not have come from the Japanese video game giant because Nintendo’s add-ons have been around since 2005 and because the company allegedly contacted Valve, the publisher of Garry’s modhimself.

While the announcement is still in progress, Facepunch founder Garry Newman announced that his team has received emails and DMs from people and that the developer is investigating. “We need to take these things seriously (especially from Nintendo), but we also can’t let people abuse DMCA takedowns,” Newman wrote. We’ve reached out to Nintendo to ask if the takedowns Facepunch received actually came from the company, and we’ll update this post once they respond.

Updated, April 25, 2024, 11:04 a.m. ET: Newman has since turned to State that it “has been assured that the withdrawals have been verified by Nintendo as legitimate” and that withdrawals “will now continue as planned.”

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