Pokémon Uranium, released last week by fans who had worked on it for almost a decade, is no longer available on its official website. More than 1.5 million downloads occurred in the handful of days it was officially linked on the website. The non-profit game was free for all, the developers wishing to merely share their game with the world.
On Saturday, Nintendo's lawyers came calling at the Pokémon Uranium website with several take down notices to end the site's distribution of their game. The game developers quickly took down their links, but will continue to update the title, maintain its online features for those who downloaded a copy, and maintain their website. Despite the game being subject to take down, the developers seem to be very happy with how Uranium has been received so far.
That being said, the developers take pains to distance themselves from those who might have reuploaded Pokémon Uranium to file hosting sites to continue distribution. After all, they have no control over those individuals and they can't guarantee the safety of any download links from those sites.
You can read their full statement below:
After receiving more than 1,500,000 downloads of our game, we have been notified of multiple takedown notices from lawyers representing Nintendo of America. While we have not personally been contacted, it’s clear what their wishes are, and we respect those wishes deeply. Therefore, we will no longer provide official download links for the game through our website.
We have no connection to fans who reupload the game files to their own hosts, and we cannot verify that those download links are all legitimate. We advise you to be extremely cautious about downloading the game from unofficial sources.
We are blown away by the response this game has received, and we thank you all so much for your outstanding support.
We will continue to provide Pokémon Uranium-related news and updates through our official channels.
You are welcome to continue discussing and sharing content related to the game on our forums and Discord, where there is a very active community.
Thank you for reading, and let’s share the love of Pokémon!
This is merely the most recent take down of content Nintendo of America has deemed harmful to their efforts to protect their copyright. A Metroid II fan remake and an archive of out of print Nintendo Power magazines were taken down last week. Copyright law requires those who hold copyrights to stringently police any content that might infringe, even free, fan-made tribute games, in order to properly defend against larger for profit infringement.