The publisher Nacon had reissued the game on Steam without the consent of Frogwares, who accused them of piracy.
The soap opera around The Sinking City continues. We remember that this week, the Frogwares game returned to Steam after more than half a year out of circulation. But he did it hand in hand with the French editor Nacon, without the consent of its creators, prompting Frogwares to ask users not to buy their game. With crossed accusations, and a dispute that does not cease between the two parties, Steam has retired the game again of the sale after the studio filed a lawsuit DMCA against their own game.
We have received a DMCA cease order, and we have respondedValveIn other words: Frogwares has denounced the version of the game published by Nacon for an alleged copyright infringement, which has led the platform to withdraw it a second time. This is confirmed by a Valve representative, in statements to VICE: “The Sinking City has been contested in French courts for a while. An interim resolution last fall appeared to grant Nacon the right to distribute the game on Steam while the case proceeded. However, today we have received a DMCA ceasefire order for the version just published by Nacon, and we have responded to that order. “
Neither Nacon nor Frogwares have responded to the VICE news as of yet. If you wonder what is the basis this complaint To get Steam to withdraw the game, yesterday Frogwares accused Nacon of having hacked their game and replaced their logos to reissue it on Steam without their consent. The Ukrainian developer cited numerous examples and indications that this was the case, claiming that Nacon had bought a copy of the game, I would have hacked it and subsequently modified it on your own without consent to publish the game on your own without paying the studio.
For his part, Nacon replied accusing Frogwares of victimhood and breach of contract, also claiming that they had to publish the game without online features “due to the lack of cooperation by Frogwares. “After a period of silence, the two parties seem to have resumed hostilities this week, and we will be very attentive to the evolution of the The Sinking City case, inside and outside the courts. If you have it pending in your game library, or if you have managed to find a physical copy, and you want to know what it offers before playing it, here is our analysis of The Sinking City.
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