Earlier last month, Studio Wildcard and Snail Games (the developer and publisher of Ark: Survival Evolved) filed a DMCA claim to have the sandbox strategy genre Myth of Empires (MoE) removed because they believe the source code for MoE is based on Ark, which an ex-Snail employee stole before he set up his studio. The studio claims that Snail Games’ evidence (a preliminary analysis showing that both games have the same names for hundreds and hundreds of classes, variables and functions) is incomplete and misleading. The names are not protected by copyright. Angela Game denied everything, and it all ended up in court.
The lawsuit, which was filed with the California District Court just a few days after the game was taken down, seeks declaratory judgment by jury trial on both the copyright claim and allegations of stealing trade secrets. Angela Game is also seeking to recover damages caused by the game’s summary removal along with lawyers’ fees and other legal costs.
"Our development team solemnly declares: Angela Game fully owns all rights and property associated with Myth of Empires and will actively respond to any doubts or allegations on this point. We are in active contact with Steam and are doing our best to restore the game to their store. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused players."
The document on Dropbox says that Snail and Wildcard want to ban Angela Game’s game from Steam. The two companies are also demanding that an independent, third-party review the source code of the two games, plus they want the source code and other documentation of MoE archived. But if such evidence comes to light, what is the point of fighting like a pig on ice?