Emulators have been sort of a lifeline for Android gamers – many a retro console has had emulators released for Android so people could enjoy gaming on the go, but that seems to have come to an abrupt end. We told you earlier today that Yongzh, developer of many popular emulators such as NESoid,SNESoid,N64oid and Gameboid, has had his developer account removed and his apps booted off the Android Market.
Off the Market, onto SlideME
Engadget managed to get in touch with Yongzh, who confirmed that his developer account was removed and his apps booted without warning. He has now moved a few of his emulators to third-party app store SlideMe, where his emulators will stay free for the time being so people could get updates without paying a second time.
However, the main reason for removal might be that Yongzh could be violating the GPL license, because he was charging for the apps even though most of those emulators were likely just Java-wrapped open source emulators available for other platforms. The question to be asked though, is if the emulators were on the Market for free, would they still be around?