View Full Version : Valve cuts IP protected axe from DOTA2

August 13th, 2012, 09:43
Player created' item lifted from MMO Aion

An axe puportedly designed by the Defence of the Ancients 2 community has been withdrawn by Valve after it was discovered the item had been copied from South Korean MMO Aion.
Valve allows the community to make and design items for sale in some of its games with the Steam Workshop service, and even shares some of the profit with the creator.

Items are only released to consumers after they recieve a certain number of community ratings, but the copycat escaped undetected, and 25,000 players purchased the axe before it was removed.
Valve has banned the item's 'designer', severed axe-related profits from his account, and reimbursed customers who bought the weapon with an alternative bit of digital craftsmanship.
"The vast majority of contributions to the Workshop are incredibly creative and fundamentally original," wrote Valve designer Alden Kroll on the Steam Workshop blog (http://steamcommunity.com/games/SteamWorkshop/announcements/detail/1335568846541784343).