Citybuilder removed from Steam allegedly due to DMCA from disgruntled players

Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic is a controversial logistics and supply chain city builder. Sin is a big fan. Unfortunately, the supply of the game from Steam has been halted, and its developers allege that it was due to a DMCA takedown notice sent by a “former respected member of our community”. I.”

“GAME DOWNDROWN BY DMCA REQUEST. The problem is described below. You cannot purchase the game at this time,” began the latest update for a Steam news post. If you try going to the Workers & Resources page shop pageit is currently redirecting to the Steam homepage.

The 3Division developers say this was the result of a disagreement with a community member who wrote a This tutorial is on Steam for “Astronaut Mode”, a more challenging way to play for Workers & Resources. 3Division then added a more challenging ‘reality’ mode to the game itself, which implements some of the same ideas in the game.

3Division’s Peter Adamcik said the tutorial writers wanted in-game credits, which they “probably will” along with “others who have put up a lot of tutorials/challenges or contributors” after the game play over. The guide writer reportedly couldn’t accept this and also issued a DMCA takedown notice against a YouTuber who refused to link to his Steam tutorial. The developers wrote that they “became angry about this and decided to never mention the name of the challenge he supposedly ‘invented'”, which led to the writer’s DMCA takedown instructions for Workers & Resources official website and its existence On Steam.

“He actually just created a tutorial with several possible ways to play the game and called it Astronaut mode, but it didn’t help the development process,” the 3Division post concludes. . “There’s only one thing where he’s helped, and that’s the popularity of his guide which has shown us how much people want to play the game in a more realistic and challenging way.”

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act exists so that owners of copyrighted work can quickly remove that work from online platforms. Most platforms – including YouTube and Steam – make the mistake of deleting work without much or any oversight, with a review process followed to determine if recovery is possible. the work or not.

in a statement to Kotaku regarding this particular case, 3Divison further alleges that the community member submitting these reports was an attorney. Adamcik wrote: “He just seems to be abusing the fact that he is a lawyer – he will definitely handle the case cheaper than us, so he thinks he can get whatever he wants. He wants from us because we won’t sue expensively.” “But legally, he doesn’t have any foundation at his feet and we’ll probably fight to the end!”

As it stands, it looks like someone has also filed a DMCA notice against the Astronaut mode guide, although it’s still online. Meanwhile, Workers & Resources is no longer available for sale and is only playable to those who already own it.


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