Valve Issues First Ban On A Player-Created Dota 2 Item
It was bound to happen sooner or later.
Valve has issued a warning to users attempting to create items through Steam Workshop, about “respecting intellectual property” after it was discovered that a player-created Dota 2 weapon was a direct copy from the MMO Aion.
Granted Aion is a game nobody should play for how badly it portrays female characters, but that’s a discussion for another day.
The “Timebreaker” mace for Faceless Void (pictured above) was made available after strong community ratings, with a total of 25,000 purchases thereafter.
However it was removed the game entirely once Valve discovered that the weapon was breaking IP laws. Players who bought the mace were given a replacement weapon, while the weapon’s creator has been — get this — banned and barred from receiving any money made from the sale of the item.
Serious Valve is serious.
What are your thoughts on such things? I’ve always found IP laws to be sucky at best. I can make an item that looks for all intents and purposes like a lightsaber and get away with it if I call it something else and add in minor differences, but dare I call it a lightsaber…
So much for my hopes of a Batman cape for Invoker.