Probably the most outstanding subreddit dedicated to discussions of Nintendo Change piracy—in addition to emulation—was banned on Tuesday, after greater than three years on the platform. The group was first created in Might 2020, and as of June 10, its newest snapshot on the Wayback Machine, it had accrued greater than 69,800 members

In current weeks the subreddit had grown dramatically and should have change into too high-profile for its controversial subject material: it had simply over 37,000 members on Might 1, once I reported that The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom had leaked onto pirate websites. Over the past month and a half r/NewYuzuPiracy grew to become the de facto house for discussions centered round modding Tears of the Kingdom, no less than for gamers who pirated the game. 

As I wrote earlier than the game’s official launch, it was a messy scenario for emulation builders, who often take nice care to distance themselves from any public connection to piracy. Along with brazenly discussing pirated video games, posters on the subreddit would additionally share “early entry” builds of Nintendo Change emulator Yuzu, that are usually locked behind a Patreon subscription until you understand how to compile a construct your self through Github. Additionally they distributed in-development mods from one of many Change emulator’s most outstanding modders, inflicting him to shut his Discord server in frustration.

Contemplating the brazen title, it appears unusual that Reddit’s banning of r/NewYuzuPiracy has taken this lengthy. In keeping with the message that now seems instead of the subreddit, it was banned “as a result of a violation of Reddit’s content material coverage towards creating or repurposing a sub to reconstitute or serve the identical goal as a beforehand banned or quarantined subreddit.”

A alternative could rapidly pop up in its wake. The subreddit r/YuzuPiracy was banned on April 21, 2020, simply two weeks earlier than r/NewYuzuPiracy was created and grew to dominate search outcomes for Tears of the Kingdom mods. Clearly no matter Reddit’s content material moderation priorities are, really banning duplicate subreddits is not excessive on the record.