Tactical first-person shooter Ready Or Not disappeared from Steam on June 16, sparking a flurry of rumors as to why. Now it’s back and the devs say the removal was due to “a takedown request was issued via Steam regarding a suggested trademark violation in our recent Night Club card”.
Let’s start at the beginning. In an update released on June 12, New Zealand developers Void Interactive added a final version of a nightclub map to Ready Or Not, among other changes. Then, on June 16, the game and its store pages disappeared, meaning owners couldn’t continue playing it.
Void Interactive announced that the game went offline on the same day, but did not explain the reason for the withdrawal, saying only that they were “investigating” it. Rumors quickly spread on social media suggesting the removal was due to the completed nightclub map being added to the game on the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando , Florida, in 2016. That seemed unlikely, given that Valve is happy to have all sorts of obnoxious bullshit on Steam, and the club card had been present in-game in white box form for months.
The rumor spread quickly enough that Void Interactive released a statement explaining the removal on Twitter:
– VOID interactive (@VOIDInteractive) June 18, 2022
“We would like to address the rumors surrounding the removal of Ready Or Not and its associated pages from Steam which occurred on Thursday June 16th,” the statement begins.
“A takedown request has been issued through Steam regarding a suggested trademark infringement in our recent Night Club map which was shared as part of our latest Steam update. We take intellectual property issues very seriously and, in In good faith, we have decided to remove the material in question and any reference to it from Ready Or Not and any of our social media or other posts.”
The statement doesn’t say who made the allegation of infringement, but player comments on Twitter suggest the game’s nightclub used a similar name to an actual chain of nightclubs in the UK .
Now that Ready Or Not is back on Steam, the infringing content has likely been removed, though the update’s developer videos remain offline until they can be edited. You can still find details of the update’s other new additions in the Steam 12 patch notes release.
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