It’s a big drama for developer Frogwares. According to them, a cracked version of the game was put on Steam by Nacon, but was reportedly allowed to remain. After a long process, this now seems to be changing.
The French developer comes with a Digital Millennium Copyright Actclaim (aka DMCA) against Nacon to get their own game off Steam. We don’t remember a developer taking their own game from the store. As of today, The Sinking City is officially no longer for sale on Steam. Doug Lombardi, Valve’s VP of Marketing at Valve, said to Vice about the case:
“The Sinking City has been in dispute in French courts for a while. An interim decision last fall appeared to give Nacon the right to distribute the game on Steam while the litigation proceeded. However, today we received a DMCA take-down notice for the version that Nacon recently shipped, so we have responded to that notice. ”
However, the story starts a lot earlier, around the end of 2019 and early 2020. After being out of Steam for a while, the game will be back on the market in February, but is urging players not to buy the game. Frogwares claims here that Nacon, the game’s publisher, has put a cracked version on Steam. They would have obtained the game through a relailer, everything related to Frogwares they have removed and then made available again. Frogwares has described it extensively in a blog post so if you like a bit of game industry drama I recommend reading it!