Nintendo has an official clause in its contracts that stipulates any Japanese builders or publishers it really works with can’t be tied to the Yakuza.
Paperwork and particulars in regards to the internal workings of the video games business are at the moment being revealed as a part of the ongoing Epic Games vs Apple trial. A extremely confidential and heavily-redacted Nintendo doc has been doing the rounds in consequence. Inside that doc is a bit on “Anti-Social Forces,” noticed by Stephen Totilo of Axios Gaming.
The doc notes that if a ‘Content material Supplier’ is predicated in Japan, it can’t be an “Anti-Social Power” or “Boryokudan” (a Japanese time period meaning ‘violence teams’, or organized crime teams). Successfully, the doc imposes a black and white ban on companions working with the Yakuza.
If the developer or writer needs to work with Nintendo, they’re additionally not allowed to ”give financial advantages to an Anti-Social Power,” “use risk or violence in reference to transactions” or “intervene with the enterprise of Nintendo Entities by spreading false rumours, utilizing fraud or pressure,” the doc reads.
After all, this doesn’t bar Nintendo from working with sport studios which are making video games about organized crime teams in Japan, equivalent to Ryu Ga Gotoku’s Yakuza collection. Nevertheless, Prior to now, Yakuza collection producer Daisuke Sato has mentioned that the Nintendo Switch is not the “ideal“ platform to develop Yakuza games on.