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Dark & ​​Darker PC game accused of plagiarism, removed from Steam

surrounding controversy darker and darkerThe MMO that has been accused of not only stealing assets but also stealing personnel from Korean publisher Nexon, escalated over the weekend when the game was pulled from Steam.

As we mentioned earlierAnd darker and darker– a fantasy MMO it was supposed Early Access April – Developed by Ironmace, a team of most ex-Nexon employees, it’s in the same genre as p. 3a title many of them worked on at Nexon (which has since been scrapped) before jumping ship.

as a result of, A few weeks ago Nixon complained and the police raided Ironmace’s office:

Nixon’s lawyers say darker and darker It offers “amazing similarities with the concept p. 3 In the style of play, rules and master arts, which cannot be independently created,” and, due to the alleged theft, their game “could not come into existence due to the immoral actions of their former teammates.”

After this raid, Nexon filed a DMCA strike darker and darker, which resulted in the game being removed from Steam. the demand, Available to the public hereHe said:

Nexon has learned that IRONMACE Co., Ltd. (“Ironmace”) is unauthorizedly using Nexon’s trade secrets and copyrighted materials as described below. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of Ironmace misconduct that constitutes misappropriation of Nexon trade secrets and copyright infringement, and to request that Valve remove all versions of Dark and Darker from Steam.

response to radiationIronmace released a statement on the game’s Discord, saying:

To all of our fans, we recently received a cease and desist letter and DMCA removal from Nexon regarding Dark and Darker based on misrepresented allegations. We are currently working with our legal team to address this issue in the best way possible. Because of the sensitive legal nature of this issue, we must be careful in our statements not to compromise our position. We ask for your understanding as we work to get the game back up and running as soon as possible. Know that we will do everything possible for our fans. Thanks!

followed longer explanationwhich addresses specific Nexon claims (such as access to Nexon servers by home developers and similarities in darker and darker Storyline P3) which ends with:

Based on the information provided, it is hard to believe that Nexon, in good faith, reasonably believes that Ironmaces has infringed their copyrights. P3 project. Nor does it provide any real evidence that Ironmace assigned trade secret information to Nexon when it was created darker and darkerare based on circumstantial assertions. Finally, they accuse Ironmace of flagrantly violating Valve’s SSA and SOCR, limiting our ability to offer our game to players on the largest mainstream computer game platform and severely hindering our ability to do business. Ironmace asks Nexon to drop his unsubstantiated allegations. If they want to compete on merit, we urge Nexon to adapt quickly and compare source code, custom assets, and design documents with the police to quickly and decisively finish this case.