Microsoft advertised an extension for Edge … that allowed you to play pirated video games

Microsoft posted a tweet (which we saw in our Timeline) on Friday evening, through its Microsoft Edge Dev Twitter account, promoting extensions to play famous retro games like Pac-Man, Tetris or even Mario Kart.

The publication, quite surprising from an official Microsoft account, did not fail to react many Internet users, who expressed some doubts about the legality of the practice: none of these extensions mentioned the name of a developer or a known publisher. In response to Microsoft’s tweet, which has since been deleted, but that Internet users have immortalized using a screenshot, a user explained that the installation of the Mario Kart 64 extension on his machine had led to the download of a ROM for Nintendo 64 of the game. The only problem, if the console emulators are perfectly legal, the game ROMs of yesteryear are subject to copyright.

The Verge, which had spotted these extensions and made an article about them, listed less than 35 from a dozen different developers. Within hours of this article’s publication, all suspicious add-ons offering to play copyrighted titles had been removed. Asked by The Verge, Microsoft and Nintendo indicated that they were investigating to shed light on this affair.

Source : The Verge

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