The Popular MMO Myth Of Empires Is Removed from Steam For Alleged Plagiarism

Team behind Ark: Survival Evolved accusing Myth Of Empires devs of copyright infringement



Myth of Empires, a survival strategy game released in early access last month, was removed from Steam after Valve received a DMCA request from Studio Wildcard and Snail Games, the creators of Ark: Survival Evolved.

According to documents reviewed by PC Player, the takedown mentions suspicious similarities between Myth of Empires and Ark. In fact, Studio Wildcard “found hundreds of matching class names, variables and functions in a preliminary analysis” of Myth of Empires code. Wildcard’s analysis was submitted to Valve on 1 December, and Myth of Empires was removed from the Steam shop on 3 December.

The documents essentially accuse Angela Game, developer of Myth of Empires, of stealing Ark’s source code. Angela Game was founded in 2020 by a former employee of Snail Games China, which is the parent company of Studio Wildcard. That employee had access to Ark’s source code, which Wildcard claims was used to create the MMO.

Apparently, the evidence was strong enough for Valve to remove Myth of Empires from its shop to avoid liability, although the game is still accessible to the tens of thousands of players who have already purchased it.

Angela Game denied the allegations in a statement. “Our development team solemnly declares: Angela Game has all rights and ownership associated with Myth of Empires and will actively respond to any concerns or allegations at this time. We are in active contact with Steam and will do everything we can to restore play on their shop“.

The game will continue its normal development and operations while Angela remains in contact with Valve to bring the game back to the front of the Steam shop.

It’s not just game developers who have to worry about their game being stolen. Ward B discovered that they themselves have to deal with real gun manufacturers trying to game the design of their weapons. You can read all about how Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov stole the Ward B hunting rifle here.

Source: globalgaming

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