But it may have a very good reason for playing chicken.
According to copies of communication that the Dolphin Team provided to The Verge, Valve helped Nintendo kick Dolphin out — first by bringing the Wii and GameCube emulator to Nintendo’s attention in the first place, and second by unilaterally deciding to pull the plug without giving Dolphin an out.
Valve doesn’t dispute this. “Given Nintendo’s history of taking action against some emulators, we brought this to their attention proactively after the Dolphin team announced it was coming soon to Steam,” Valve spokesperson Kaci Aitchison Boyle tells The Verge.
The emails also show Valve may have had very good reason to nip Dolphin in the bud.
Here’s the entire email that Valve received from Nintendo’s lawyers on May 26th, so you can follow along:
“Thank you for bringing the announced offering of the Dolphin emulator on Valve’s Steam store to Nintendo’s attention,”
Nintendo’s lawyer says. Email via Dolphin Team.