After a dispute surrounding the indie city builder Workers and Resources: Soviet Republic, it was removed from Steam. The reason is alleged property rights to a game mode by a former fan. The developers are fighting back and are of the opinion that the fan did not participate in the title. Therefore, read more about the misery and what has happened so far below.
Workers and Resources: Soviet Republic is an indie title for hardcore city builder fans. The game should be very good as long as the willing player likes to take care of management and the coordination of his workers. Unfortunately, the game is no longer available on Steam for a simple reason. A disgruntled fan has filed a request to have the game removed under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA).
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The developers at 3Division have reported the problem in a “special report to their community” and localized it to the “Realistic Mode”. The formerly respected member of their community who initiated this lawsuit believes that the idea for this mode was his own and deserves proper credit. The developers say they would have added him and others who were also involved in the game in the credits once the game was completed. But before that happened, there were legal threats and copyright strikes against influencers playing the game.
The developers responded by deciding not to credit him at all as a result of his actions. This, in turn, made matters worse and led to the former fan now claiming he owns all the rights to the mode. In the meantime, he has even ensured that the developer’s website has been taken offline and has had various videos about the game removed from social media platforms. This is said to have only worked because the requests are automated due to copy protection violations and are not checked manually.
The fan’s messages compare his guide for the “Cosmonaut Mode” with the “Realistic Mode” of the developers. The fan actually neither worked on the game design nor provided technical support, but simply wrote a guide and now believes that this gives him the right to participate. The fan is said to be a lawyer who is probably out to reach an out-of-court settlement and obtain a larger sum of money, but the development studio has prepared for a legal battle and wants to defend its own game.
Source: PC gamer