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Nacon fires back at The Sinking City developer Frogwares for 'prejudicial comments'

The Sinking City
The Sinking City (Image credit: Frogwares)

What you need to know

  • French publisher Nacon and The Sinking City developer Frogwares are embroiled in legal conflict over The Sinking City.
  • After alleging that Nacon pirated The Sinking City to port to Steam, Frogwares filed a DMCA claim to have the game removed, to which Valve complied.
  • Nacon is now rebuffing Frogwares' allegations and accusing the developer of acting in "bad faith."
  • Nacon further states that it is reserving the right to take legal action against Frogwares for what it deems are "aggressive and prejudicial statements."

Just two days after The Sinking City developer Frogwares published an in-depth post alleging that publisher Nacon pirated The Sinking City to publish on Steam, Nacon is firing back, denying Frogwares' allegations and accusing the developer of acting in "bad faith" by not allowing The Sinking City to be available on Steam.

Nacon's statement indicates that Nacon has paid all fees and royalties due to Frogwares, while also stating that The Sinking City was not pirated in order to port to Steam. Instead, Nacon states that a clause in its contract with Frogwares allowed the hiring of a third-party to port the game to Steam, though no exact details for this clause are given.

Nacon further alleges that "By encouraging the gaming community via Twitter not to buy the game on STEAM, FROGWARES is once again sabotaging our investments in the game" and that Nacon is reserving the right to take legal action against Frogwares for its "aggressive and prejudicial comments."

Currently, The Sinking City is no longer available on Steam, with the game removed via a DMCA filed by Frogwares, as confirmed by Valve. We'll continue to provide updates as the legal conflict between Frogwares and Nacon continues.

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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

3 Comments
  • Sounds like a bad case of oops - didn't read the small print... 😶...
  • I always feel like I want to have owned these games that get deleted from steam before they axe them.
  • I thought the games purchasable directly from the developers or another digital store they've put it on.