Steam pulls Orion after Activision DMCA takedown request.

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GamingKen
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Steam pulls Orion after Activision DMCA takedown request.

Post by GamingKen » 28 Jun 2016, 20:46

Activision have lodged a DMCA takedown request for Orion (2016 title, not to be confused with the companies older title, Orion Prelude), resulting in Steam pulling it from the store during the summer sale. Activision are accusing the Orion team of using CoD weapon assets in its game, something that the Orion developers are firmly denying.

A statement made by one of the Orion developers after Orion was pulled from Steam.
Orion Developer Statement wrote:So apparently Activision has removed ORION from Steam. This was done via a DMCA takedown request stating:

“on behalf of Activision, who alleges that the game Orion uses weapon art content from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The weapon art in question includes the M8A7 rifle, the Haymaker rifle, and the Bal-27 rifle."

I've uploaded comparisons of the weapons in question, from both games. I had to guess on weapons as no specific assets or images were provided to me, nor was I contacted by Steam/Valve or Activision prior to having the game removed from Steam.

(Comparison 1 - Auto Shotgun)
http://i.imgur.com/8Qx1NI2.png

(Comparison 2 - Auto Rifle)
http://i.imgur.com/IjS7dfO.png

This is extremely serious that a DCMA request has removed our entire game from sale, during the biggest sale event of the year. Apparently no cross-checking was done by our Partner, who we've been with for over 5 years and I have seen better and would expect better from them. At minimum, to contact us regarding our assets/defense before taking any action.

We've made Steam our primary platform, but this has put a definite scare into us going forward considering our entire livelihood can be pulled without a moments notice, without any warning or proper verification. I cannot even confirm that the representative from Activision is a real person as absolutely no results pop up in any of my searches.

We have worked VERY hard for many years to not only ensure our community and products were great and supported, but we made sure that we were doing a great service to Steam as a platform and programs like Early Access. This is extremely evident in any of our Product reviews.

We need everyones help and support to rectify this immediately as this erroneous claim has already costed what is a very small team a significant amount of money and we need it remedied ASAP so we can get back to work on real content, something that Activision should take note of.
#OrionNeedsYou
#LookWhosScared
#SteamWTF
While providing comparison shots of their own, and seeking sympathy from the gaming community, the Orion teams innocent stance has become a little shakey when further images were shown of the models in question.

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The Steam forums for Orion have been full of gamers angry about Activision's action, with most feeling that the indie development team were being picked on by a much larger company, but when you start looking at some of the evidence it becomes much harder to disagree with Activision's actions. A case of the little guy being picked on, or of the little guy being caught with his hand in the cookie jar? Either way, it shows just how quickly any game studios livelyhood can be put on hold by a DMCA notice.
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Re: Steam pulls Orion after Activision DMCA takedown request.

Post by GamingKen » 29 Jun 2016, 08:53

Sometimes you've just got to laugh. After going on many rants the Orion developer has now banned himself from his own Steam forums, to protect himself from himself. :roll:

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