City-Builder is discontinued after a fan goes bad

News Summary:

  • Unfortunately, those fans are the only ones left who can play the game because no one else can now buy it after a DMCA takedown allegedly caused the game to be removed from Steam’s marketplace.

  • Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic is a city-building company that places a special emphasis on how urban design complemented the communist economies of Eastern Europe during the Cold War. So while it may not appeal to everyone, it does have its supporters.

A player who was “once a respected member of our community” allegedly went rogue and started attacking the game’s online presence, attempting to have everything from trailers to the game’s website taken down, according to a post by the game’s developers, Slovakian studio 3Division.

According to 3Division, this player “started to abuse the YouTube report system issuing copyright strikes to one of our most helpful influencers” after being told they wouldn’t be added to the credits until after this new mode had been finished and released. As a result of this behavior, they withdrew their offer to formally thank him.

Why? The developers are said to have already been working on a game mode that did exactly that, but they decided to add him to the game’s credits as a goodwill gesture given his prominence in the community. It is claimed that this player had written a guide on how to play the game more realistically.

The player allegedly reported the game’s website as a result, which led to its removal (the link now points back to 3Division’s main company page), and after that they allegedly started reporting other official YouTube videos from the studio.

The player is now “claiming that they own the rights to the [realistic] game mode,” and the game has been removed from Steam due to a DMCA request. For what it’s worth, 3Division say they are “are working to resolve the issue”.