According to PCGamer, earlier this month, the strategy game Myth of Empires was removed from Steam following a DMCA takedown request by Studio Wildcard and Snail Games, the game’s developer and publisher. Ark: Survival Evolved submit. They claim that the source code of Myth of Empires based on the source of Ark, which a former Snail Games employee stole before leaving to start his own studio.
Myth of Empires accused of stealing source code
Angela Game, developer of Myth of Empires, firmly denies wrongdoing and may the case go to court. On December 9, Angela Game filed a complaint against Snail Games and Studio Wildcard, again denying any wrongdoing and requesting a halt to the DMCA takedown order.
The complaint states that the evidence presented by Snail Games was incomplete and misleading. The profile also denied Myth of Empires built on stolen source code and said the allegations and its subsequent removal from Steam had ’caused and threatened to cause irreparable harm’ to Angela Game.
In response, earlier this week, Snail Games and Studio Wildcard submitted a detailed response stating that Angela Game is justifying the theft and re- alleging what they both describe as ‘theft. blatantly of Snail USA and the intellectual property of Wildcard.’
‘Angela’s misconduct began in November 2018, when Yang Li Ping, an employee of parent company Snail USA in China (Snail Game), requested and received access to Ark’s source code. But he secretly copied the source code, and a few months later, left to work at Angela,’ the filing states.
Yang isn’t alone in the theft, according to the lawsuit: ‘Of the 82 people whose names appear on the game’s credits screen, 60 are former Snail Game employees.’ The filing also claims that, since the DMCA takedown request was issued, Angela Game has ‘madly modified the code’ of Myth of Empires to remove evidence of copying.
Snail’s detailed response also includes statements from Jeremy Stieglitz (Co-Founder of Studio Wildcard), Jim Shun Tsai (CEO of Snail Games USA) and Bastian Suter (CEO of BattlEye), presented More details on the process by which Snail Games and Studio Wildcard detect stealing and analyze similarities between games. Stieglitz described early similarities between the implementation of Myth of Empire, acquired through Steam and by Ark: Survival Evolved is ‘shocking’ and says that since the analysis has found hundreds more matches with similarity.
In his statement, Tsai noted that Studio Wildcard has gone to great lengths to ensure that the source code of the Ark: Survival Evolved kept secret, presumably to imply that theft is the only way Angela Game does to obtain the source code.
However, the most interesting claim comes from Suter (CEO of BattlEye Innovations), the owner of the anti-cheat technology BattlEye used in games like PUBG, Destiny 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite and many others, including Ark: Survival Evolved. He claims to have found convincing evidence that Myth of Empires copy the source code from Ark.
Suter explains: “The executable file of Myth of Empires contains a number of distinct strings used by the BattlEye integration code, also in Ark. There were minor changes to some strings, but mainly the change of ‘BattlEye’ to ‘BatEye’ in almost all BattlEye references.” This is important, because the BattlEye integration code is generated by the developers of each game, not BattlEye itself, and so that code is unique to each game.
Also there are some strings used by the BattlEye integration code in Myth of Empires extremely unique and uses the same formatting, capitalization, and even typos (‘receive’ instead of ‘receive’) similar to Ark’s BattlEye integration code. Do more doubt that BattlEye integration code from Ark must have been copied and taken as the basis for Myth of Empires.
Present, Myth of Empires hasn’t re-appeared on Steam yet, but development is continuing: Angela Game said on December 21 that it’s preparing to roll out an automatic ban program that will hopefully help reduce the cheating rampant in the game. play.