February 9, 2023

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Steam removes popular Chinese strategy game after Ark: Survival Evolved studio claims it stole their source code

The sandbox strategy game Myth of Empires has been removed from Steam over allegations of copyright infringement, resulting in a DMCA takedown request. Myth of Empires developer Angela Game has so far declined to reveal who requested the game’s removal, but documents viewed by PC Gamer indicate that it came from Studio Wildcard and Snail Games, the developer and publisher of Ark: Survival Evolved.

The takedown request says Angela Game was founded in 2020 by at least one former employee of Snail Games China, Studio Wildcard’s parent company, who had access to the Ark source code. When Myth of Empires was released in November 2021, Studio Wildcard grew “understandably concerned” because of similarities between the two games, including identical gameplay mechanics, which it felt went beyond the possibility of coincidence.

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