The ongoing process between Epic Games and Apple is bringing out a series of confidential documents that reveal the background of the gaming industry. Among these he did discuss a clause of Nintendo which calls into question criminal groups such as the Yakuza.
A document of Nintendo highly confidential, it went around the world in a few hours thanks to its particular content. Identified by Stephen Totilo of Axios Gaming, within the contracts drawn up by the Kyoto giant there is in fact a section dedicated to “anti social forces“: in essence, the clause requires any” content provider “based in Japan, whether they are developers or publishers, not to engage in relations with” Boryokudan “, a Japanese term that describes groups engaged in violence or organized crime. Nintendo bars the door to any company that is part of or engages in partnerships with the Yakuza.
The same document also shows that any developer or publisher wishing to work with Nintendo cannot in any way, directly or indirectly, “offer monetary advantages to anti-social forces“, “use threats or violence in connection with transactions” O “interfere with Nintendo’s activities by spreading false rumors, using fraud or force“. All conditions of common sense but which obviously must be put in black and white in the Japanese context.
However, the clauses do not prevent Nintendo from working with developers who have made the “Yakuza” brand a reason for success, as in the case of Rya Ga Gotoku Studio even if a few months ago Toshihiro Nagoshi used vitriolic words to describe Nintendo Switch.