After slowing down from technical problems led to a conference call full of screams Fortnite children, the long-awaited Epic lawsuit against Apple is underway this week. As part of the production, Nintendo has provided documents that include a publishing contract – although frankly, the “inclusion” may stretch.
Nintendo sent 25 pages almost nothing, obscuring most of the content license and Nintendo Switch distribution agreement. Like CatEthan Gach said: “Nintendo Epic’s cases against Apple are more edited than Mueller’s report.” But Nintendo has left a remarkable detail visible – a provision that prohibits Japanese developers and publishers from working with the Yakuza.
The agreement requires Nintendo’s partners to ensure that neither they nor their employees are “anti-social forces” or provide money or services to those forces. Nintendo continues to define “Antisocial Force” by repeatedly using the term “Boryokudan”, which is what the Japanese police and media call members of organized crime unions.
As defined in the Nintendo contract (via some guy): “Anti-social forces” means an organized criminal group (“Boryokudan”), a member of Boryokudan (“Boryokudanin”), a member of Boryokudan (“Boryokudan jyunkoseiin”), a corporation affiliated with Boryokudan (“Boryokudan kanren gaisha”), a racketeer trying to extort money from a company by threatening to cause problems at the general meeting of shareholders (“Soukaiya”) or as if advocacy for legitimate social causes (‘Shakai undou nado hyoubou goro’) or a special intelligence organized criminal group (‘Tokusyu chinou boryoku syudan’) or another group or person equivalent to any of the above.
The treaty also prohibits developers and publishers from making “violent requests” using “threat or violence in connection with transactions” and “spreading false rumors, using fraud or force.”
In short, Kazuma Kiryu is unlikely to do business with Nintendo any time soon.