Local game developers swindled out of their sales money by UK-based publisher?
A pretty interesting bit of news has apparently slipped right under our noses. If you were at the recent ServerDNA 3.0, you might have bumped into Ammobox Studios, the developers of Eximius: Seize the Frontline. The developers are currently embroiled in a lawsuit against the publisher of their game, TheGameWall Studios.
Ammobox Studios has reportedly not received any money from the sales of their games, which has started more than 3 months ago. They decided to fight back with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) on their own game to wrest control of their own game. Seems pretty weird but yeah, the developers had to copyright their own game from their own publisher.
The game itself does seem pretty interesting, and we would hate to see our local homegrown game developer get run out of business by unscrupulous business tactics. As of now, Ammobox Studios has regained control of the sales of their game on Steam. The publisher has reportedly gone into hiding and has not replied to any attempts to reach out to them.
Ammobox Studios mentions that legal action against the TheGameWall Studios will probably take ages to come to a settlement. As it stands, they are pretty happy with regaining control of the game’s revenue on Steam.
Have you tried out Eximius: Seize the Frontline? Well with so much drama around it right now, maybe we should try it out, aye?
We would like to thank NasiLemakTech for drawing our attention to the matter.
Pokdepinion: Here’s hoping our local developer comes out on top of the whole situation.