Steam’s popular game of the year faced serious backlash due to DCMA accusations

Players who have sharpened their teeth to participate in the next playtests of the online dungeon crawler Dark and Darker will have to put their plans on the shelf, at least for now.

To all our fans, we recently received a cease and desist letter from Nexon, accusing us of violating the DMCA based on false claims regarding Dark and Darker. We are currently working with our legal team to resolve this issue in the best possible way. Due to the sensitive nature of the matter, we must be careful in what we say so as not to damage our reputation. We ask for your understanding as we are working to restore the game as soon as possible. Know that we will do everything possible for our fans. Thank you! – is the announcement of the developers.

Problems lately Dark and Darker grew in proportion to the popularity of the game on Steam. In February, the Ironmance demo dominated Steam Next Fest (at that time, over 108,000 players played the title at one time), only to fall victim to a hacker attack a few days later, and then Nexus studio accusations of stealing assets. Allegations of competition resulted in a police visit to one of the local Ironmance offices in early March.

Let us remind you that the case dates back to 2021, when one of the then Nexus employees was to reveal files related to a mysterious project P3which the developer is currently working on. After his release, he allegedly persuaded his former bandmates (including the later founder of Ironmance) to leave Nexon and create a title similar to P3. Not long after Dark and Darker entered the development phase.

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The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) is a copyright law that prohibits the creation and dissemination of material that may violate digital copy restriction mechanisms.

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