Sinking City was removed from Steam under a DMCA notice from his studio

Frogwares, the studio is closed Sharp disagreement with the publisher Nacon At their game Sunken city, Has used a DMCA claim to remove it from the Steam storefront, a Valve spokesperson confirmed.

To the deputy On Tuesday evening, Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi said Steam “received notice to remove DMCA” Sunken city Shipped by Nacon – one of the Frogwares It is reminiscent of a hacked and pirated version of their game. “That’s why we responded to this announcement,” said Lombardi.

Sunken city It is no longer searchable in Steam itself, and external links to the game’s product page are now directed to the main store.

In a statement to Polygon, Frogwares said the version offered for sale on Steam “contains content to which Nacon has no rights – specifically The Merciful Madness DLC”. The studio said it sent the DMCA opt-out request to Valve because it was “the most effective tool in giving us time to obtain more potential evidence and open the additional, lengthy and necessary legal process to prevent this from happening again happens. “

A Nacon spokesman directed Polygon Editor’s statement on Tuesday Over the controversy, he declined to comment on the removal of Steam DMCA.

“In the past, Frogwares has incorrectly relied on non-payment allegations to refuse to ship the game on Steam. At that point, they tried to terminate the contract to no avail, ”Nacon said in his statement. Nacon said that “despite this exclusively Frogwares-created ban process,” the game will continue to be available to players on Steam (at least until the day of removal on Tuesday) and that it will pay Frogwares fees from these sales.

“By encouraging the gaming community through Twitter not to purchase the game on Steam, Frogwares is again sabotaging our investment in the game,” said Nacon.

A representative from Frogwares pointed out to Polygon that The Merciful Madness was first created for the Nintendo Switch version of Sunken cityIt was released in the fall of 2019, two months after Nacon released its versions for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Sunken city “It’s all owned by Frogwares,” said the studio representative. When Frogwares was able to launch the game on other platforms like PS5 (in February) or About Gamesplanet, You have included this downloadable content. “

last summer, Frogwares and Nacon are going to court in France (where Nacon is headquartered; Frogwares is headquartered in Kiev, Ukraine). Sunken city. An appeals court ruled in October that Frogwares had unlawfully terminated its contract with Nacon. Although the litigation continued, a judge ordered Frogwares “not to take any action in breach of this contract” and “not to take any action to prevent this proceeding”.

With that decision, Nacon returned to online stores like Steam to start selling Sunken city repeated. For this purpose, however, Nacon was entitled to a full copy of the game from Frogwares. Frogwares denies this and is defending it in court – in a case that the studio said could take years to resolve. Because of this, Frogwares said, Nacon took the reins to sell the game itself, resulting in the release of what Frogwares saw as “hacked” and “pirated”.

Update (March 3rd): A Frogwares actor provided additional notes from the studio explaining his side of the argument.

The developers of Frogwares note that “Nacon made two attempts in litigation to get a separate court for a Frogwares order”. [to] Introduction to the Steam Master Edition [of The Sinking City]. Both attempts were rejected by the courts. “

So Frogwares said, “Any updated version of the game that Nacon uploads to Steam cannot be from us.” “The Steam release is technically in legal limbo rather than working with us on a compromise … or waiting [for] In the court’s final ruling, Nacon instead chose to break a copy of the game that we correctly provided to a partner (Gamesplanet), added the DLC to which they had no rights at all, and tried their ways to hide by removing the various watermarks and adjusting the logos. “”

Frogwares stated that the Sunken city Available in the Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, Origin and Gamesplanet. “They are all published by Frogwares. These platforms were never mentioned in our contract with Nacon. ” The studio added that “more platforms are likely to come in the near future”.

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