In a twist of events that left everyone in shock, Adobe, a multinational software company, suddenly conducted legal proceedings against Delta, the most widely used Nintendo game emulator, not due to emulation concerns, but as a result of logo design. Some new users are left confused when they are faced with the battle between a well-known application and a software biggie.

Overview Table:

ProductDelta Emulator
IssueLogo similarity to Adobe
Old LogoStylized Greek letter Delta
New LogoSword-sliced design (temporary)
App Store Ranking#6 in Entertainment (17,100 ratings)

Adobe’s Trademark Case and Apple’s Involvement

As per the report by TechCrunch, the developer from Delta filed the complaint on May 7th, 2023, which was responded with the revocation letter by Adobe. The documentary letter said Delta’s logo infringed Adobe’s trademark of famous “A” in the shape of logo, and legal action against Delta’s illegal activities was put into progress.

Miraculously, the compiler was not legally challenged by Nintendo, even though the gaming giant just started crusading on emulators now. Contrary to Pinterest, it was a legal shot that Adobe aimed at, claiming for the logo change.

Apple did also play the role, and it informed the developer of Delta that Adobe had asked them to pull the app from the store unless the emblem was modified.

Delta’s Defence and Interim Solution

The defence for the logos of the developer argued that their logos was a stylized version of the Greek letter “delta” , rather than Adobe’s uppercase “A”. However it is quite intricate to get out of legality traps so they come with a new logo that gives an impression of a line that crosses itself. It is likely a simple solution for the meantime.

However, the developer shared they are planning to make a “finall” new logo to complement the release of the new Delta 1.6.

Emulator’s Growth and Apple’s Policy Shift

Delta’s legal woes likely stem from its immense popularity on the App Store:

  • It was one of the first emulators that got approval after Apple easened its policies to give retro emulators a chance as long as they did not feature pirated games.
  • At the height of its fame, it was at the top of the Apple’s Online Store in the Entertainment section.
  • Right now, the entertainment spot is occupying the sixth spot with over 17,100 users who have rated it.

Such an outbreak in popularity could have been noticed by Adobe which forced them to take legal action concerning perceived logo similarity.

Community Reactions and Implications

The Delta logo controversy has sparked debates within the gaming and tech communities:

  • Adobe’s critics think it is going too far with the suits against a small gaming app claiming only a similarity of logo.
  • Some proponents claim that Delta must have been aware of the general trademark rights and brand issues of major companies.
  • This case creates doubts about the possibility of building an independent developer brand and logo.

While Delta is pushing through the legal waters, the emulator community is keenly seated, wondering if this is a new beginning for logo-related legal fights or just a rather isolated and one-time event of corporate struggle.


The Delta emulator logo case is a classic example of how upsetting legal terrain the independent developers have to deal with. People believe a trademark protection is OK, but the accusation against Adobe is considered as oppression against a small game. With Delta soon to unveil its final new logo, this case presented a learning experience about the copyright problems that may arise from software projects. Tech community will be keenly watching the outcome of this case and the wider impact it may have on logo designs and trademark enforcement in the future.