Valve has removed The Sinking City from its digital storefront Steam after the corporate acquired a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) request from the game’s developer Frogwares, Vice reports. Frogwares claims that the game’s unique writer, Nacon, hacked and pirated the game and republished it on Steam with out the studio’s data.
A Valve spokesperson advised Vice on Tuesday night that the corporate was in a position to acquire “extraordinarily robust proof to point out this model of the game was pirated,” and that the model of The Sinking City printed on its digital storefront “comprises content material that Nacon has completely no rights to — specifically The Merciful Insanity DLC.”
The Sinking City’s PC model continues to be purchasable as a self-published title
The Sinking City initially launched in 2019, however Frogwares introduced final 12 months it could pull the game from stores, citing again fee that Nacon owed the studio. Nacon told Eurogamer that it accused the developer of “taking part in the sufferer” and stated it had paid the studio greater than €10 million to date. In late February, Nacon put the game again on Steam, which Frogwares says was really a pirated model of the game that was unassociated with the studio (and which has since been removed following the DMCA request).
At the moment, The Sinking City’s Steam web page does seem in a web browser search, however clicking on it redirects you to the homepage for the online model of Steam. The Sinking City’s PC model continues to be purchasable as a self-published title from Frogwares by way of different storefronts, resembling Origin.