Earlier this month, after Studio Wildcard and Snail Games (the developer and publisher of Ark: Survival Evolved) filed a DMCA removal request, the sandbox strategy game Myth of Empires was removed from Steam. They claim that the source code of Empire Myth is actually based on the source code of Ark, which was stolen by a former Snail Game employee before leaving to build his own studio.
Angela Games, the developer of Empire Mythology, strongly denied any wrongdoing, and it is foreseeable that this matter will eventually go to court. On December 9, Angela Game filed a lawsuit against Snail Games and Studio Wildcard, again denying any wrongdoing, and demanding an injunction against the DMCA removal request-essentially a court order to cancel the request.
The document stated that the evidence provided by Snail Games in support of its claims—preliminary analysis found that the two games had hundreds of class, variable, and function names—incomplete and misleading. In any case, such names “not Protected by copyright and not restricted”. To copyright control. “
The document also denied that the myth of the Empire was based on stolen source code, and stated that its allegations, and subsequent deletion from Steam, had “caused and threatened irreparable harm to the Angela game”.
Earlier this week, Snail Games and Studio Wildcard submitted a detailed response stating that Angela Games was “far from justifying any form of relief” and re-accused what it described as “outrageous theft” in more detail. Intellectual property of Snail USA and Wildcard. “
“Angela’s misconduct began in November 2018, when Yang Liping, an employee of Snail USA’s parent company in China (Snail Games), requested and obtained the source code for access to Ark for seemingly legitimate reasons,” the document said. “But he secretly copied the source code, and a few months later, he left Angela’s job.”
According to the lawsuit, Yang is not the only person involved in this effort: “Of the 82 people who appeared on the screen of Angela Game, 60 were former employees of Snail Game.” The document also claimed that since the DMCA removal request was filed Since then, Angela Game has been “crazyly modifying the code of the empire myth” to delete the copy evidence.
Snail’s response also included statements from Studio Wildcard co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz, Snail Games USA CEO Jim Shun Tsai, and BattlEye CEO Bastian Suter, further detailing Snail Games’ and Studio Wildcard’s awareness and analysis of the similarities between games. Stieglitz described the initial similarities between the “Imperial Mythology” executable file obtained through Steam and “Ark: Survival Evolved” as “shocking” and stated that since its initial analysis, “we have discovered Hundreds of such reflex head matches. We spend every day analyzing the’catalog’ of the Ministry of Education, and we have found more such matches.”
Tsai pointed out in the statement that Studio Wildcard took great pains to ensure that the source code of Ark: Survival and Evolution was kept secret, probably implying that theft was the only way for Angela Games to obtain it.
“All employees of Wildcard, Snail USA and Snail Games have signed a confidentiality agreement, promising to keep the software and other technical secrets confidential, and will not provide these materials to third parties,” Cai said. “The source code is also stored on a server, and only those employees who have obtained the server’s login credentials can access the server.”
However, the most interesting statement comes from Suter, the CEO of BattlEye Innovations. His BattlEye anti-cheat technology is used in games such as PUBG, Destiny 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite, etc., including Ark: Survival Evolved. Suter said that after reading this question on PC Gamer, he “independently” realized the problem and decided to research it quickly, “I immediately found convincing evidence in the empire mythology, which was copied from the Ark (or related wildcards) Source code game) must happen.
“The executable file of Empire Mythology contains several unique strings used by BattlEye’s integration code, and these strings are also present in the Ark,” Suter explained. “Some of the strings have some subtle changes, but the main reason is that almost all BattlEye references in the game have been changed from’BattlEye’ to’BatEye’.
This is important because the BattlEye integration code is created by the developers of each game, not BattlEye itself, so the code is unique for each game.
“In fact, some of the strings used in the BattlEye integration code we found in Myth of Empires are very unique and use the same format, capitalization, and even spelling errors (‘recieve’ instead of’receive’) as contained in BattlEye. I have no doubt that the integration code of Ark’s BattlEye must have been copied and used as the basis of the imperial myth,” Suter said.
Suter said that when he revealed his findings to Stiglitz, his conclusion was confirmed. Stiglitz then shared Studio Wildcard’s own discovery of the same code related to BattlEye in the Empire myth.
The snail and wildcard files include a large number of other files, including the imperial myth source code and other documents required to maintain all versions, as well as the proposed code for independent third parties to compare the imperial myth and the Ark: Survival Evolution Source.This is a heavy pre-argument: the actual points submitted can be fully obtained in the following ways Safe deposit box, Only asked to reject Angela Game’s ban application, but Snail and Wildcard also clearly demonstrated the essence of their complaint.
Currently, “Empire Myth” is still not on Steam, but development continues: Angela Game stated on December 21 that it is preparing to launch a “Automatically ban the program“This will hopefully help reduce cheating in games. The studio has also been working hard.”hacker attack“In the game, efforts are now being made to trace the source of the hacker.