“Aeon must die!” »Arouses controversy during the release


The release of “Aeon Must Die! Thursday sparked controversy over accusations by former employees that the game was created under toxic working conditions and ultimately stolen from its creators.

Driving the news: Former developers at Limestone Games, now working under a new studio called Mishura Games, have issued a lengthy statement calling on Limestone and publisher Focus Entertainment to “fulfill their legal responsibilities.”

  • Mishura also asked Focus to release its alleged investigation results, along with proof of compensation for the work of some developers.
  • “Limestone and Focus, two separate entities, are co-owners of the intellectual property … no party, legal or natural person could appropriate, steal or exploit the intellectual property of its own will”, indicates a statement published on the game site . Twitter account October 12th under an FAQ captioned “Did any party steal the ‘Aeon Must Die’ IP?”
  • A follow-up statement adds that “all allegations remain unfounded despite investigations carried out by two law firms and an Estonian authority”.

Go back: Last August, a group of former Limestone Games developers brought forward allegations of abuse and manipulation by their employer.

  • “The people who worked on each shot are no longer part of the company that owns the intellectual property rights,” the developers wrote. “Some were not even paid for their work. The real IP for the game was stolen from the creators through a criminal act.”
  • In September 2021, host and former “Aeon” developer Arsen Shakhbabyan temporarily removed the game’s trailer from YouTube along with a copyright claim. “I was very angry, they had the audacity [or lack of brains] to upload the same trailer to YouTube, without any changes or new fragments, as well as to remove comments from everyone who writes the truth about them, ”Shakhbabyan told Eurogamer.

Mishura statement Thursday notes that the trailer includes “a considerable amount of work” from Shakhbabyan, who has no contract with the publisher or developer of “Aeon”. “Under the relevant laws, the intellectual property relating to Arsen’s work for this trailer still belongs entirely to Arsen.”

  • “It is imperative that the gaming industry ecosystem emerges from the Dark Ages in which it is clearly stuck,” the statement said. “The industry already suffers far too much from the unfair treatment of artists, developers and real game makers. Crunches, the toxic atmosphere, unpaid hours, abuse, etc., are unfortunately everywhere.”

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