PC Game Accused Of ‘Asset Theft’ Removed From Steam

Art from the game Dark and Darker

The controversy surrounding Darkish and Darker, an MMO that stands accused of stealing not simply belongings but in addition employees from Korean publishers Nexon, escalated over the weekend when the sport was delisted from Steam.

As we’ve reported previously, Darkish and Darker—a fantasy MMO that was supposed to enter Early Entry in April—is being developed by Ironmace, a group of largely former-Nexon workers, and is in the identical style as P3, a title a lot of them had been engaged on at Nexon (and which has since been cancelled) earlier than leaping ship.

In consequence, a few weeks back Nexon complained and police raided Ironmace’s office:

Nexon’s legal professionals say Darkish and Darker has “hanging similarities with the idea for P3 in main gameplay, guidelines and humanities, which couldn’t have been made independently”, and that because of the alleged theft their very own recreation “couldn’t see the sunshine of day resulting from unethical actions from former colleagues”.


Following this raid, Nexon filed a DMCA strike in opposition to Darkish and Darker, ensuing within the recreation being delisted from Steam. The request, made public here, says:

Nexon has realized that IRONMACE Co., Ltd. (“Ironmace”) is making unauthorized use of Nexon’s commerce secrets and techniques and copyrighted materials as detailed under. This letter is to tell you of Ironmace’s misconduct, constituting misappropriation of Nexon’s commerce secrets and techniques and copyright infringement and to request that Valve take down all variations of Darkish and Darker from Steam.


In response to the delisting, Ironmace issued a statement on the game’s Discord, saying:

To all our fans, we have recently been served a cease and desist letter and DMCA takedown by Nexon regarding Dark and Darker based on distorted claims. We are currently working with our legal team to remedy this issue in the best manner possible. Due to the sensitive legal nature of this issue we must be careful with our statements so as to not jeopardize our position. We ask for your understanding as we work to get the game back up as quickly as possible. Please know that we will do all that is possible for our fans. Thanks!


That was followed by an extended rationalization, which addresses Nexon’s particular allegations (such because the accessing of Nexon’s servers by builders working from house and the similarities of Darkish and Darker’s story to that of P3), and which ends with:

Given the knowledge introduced, it’s tough to imagine that Nexon, in good religion, may moderately imagine that Ironmace has infringed on the copyrights for his or her P3 challenge. Additionally they present no precise proof that Ironmace misappropriated Nexon’s commerce secret data within the creation of Darkish and Darker, however as a substitute base it on circumstantial claims. Lastly, they accuse Ironmace of a flagrant breach of Valve’s SSA and SOCR, proscribing our capability to supply our recreation to gamers on the biggest mainstream PC recreation platform and severely obstructing our capability to do enterprise. Ironmace requests that Nexon resign their baseless claims. In the event that they wish to compete on advantage, we welcome Nexon to promptly accommodate the comparability of supply code, customized belongings, and design paperwork with the police to rapidly and decisively put an finish to this matter.



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