Dota 2 player-created item removed by Valve after breaking IP law

Friday, 10th August 2012 22:06 GMT By Jeff Dunn

Valve has issued a warning to users about “respecting intellectual property” after discovering that a player-created Dota 2 weapon was copied from the MMO Aion.

Created with Valve’s Steam Workshop, the “Timebreaker” mace was made available after strong community ratings, and ended up being purchased by almost 25,000 users.

Once Valve discovered that the weapon was breaking IP laws, they removed it from the game entirely. Players who bought the mace were given a replacement weapon, while the weapon’s creator has been banned and barred from receiving any money made from the sale of the item.



  1. Mineral4r7s

    I don’t know what upsets me more… that people buy this, or that Valve removed it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Talkar

    ^I think Valves hands are pretty much tied in this kind of scenario…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Giskard

    @1 Why would you be upset over either?

    People thought it was legit, and bought it. Valve found out it wasn’t, and HAD to remove it.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. abbe

    @2 and 3, I think he means WHY they would spend money on something virtual and completely cosmetic.

    And Valve is legally required to remove it I think? Because even if they didnt create the item they still sell and profit from some other companies work without their consent.
    So next move would be for the Aion devs to release all their models for Dota 2 and earn fat money.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Giskard

    @4 Then he should’ve asked why microtransactions exist in the first place.

    And yes, Valve had to remove it, or else they could be sued.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Mineral4r7s

    @5 they exist because people buy it. Simple huh.

    And why it upsets me that they removed it?

    Bullshit Copyright Infringment everywhere I am so sick of it. Everybody just wants to sue everybody for money. Gah. Hate.

    And as TB would say: This is why we can’t have nice things.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. someguy2

    “And as TB would say: This is why we can’t have nice things.”

    Did you seriously say that?

    “Bullshit Copyright Infringment everywhere I am so sick of it”

    It’s not bullshit, NCSoft would be perfectly within their right to take legal action considering how their work is being monetized by a third party.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Giskard

    @6 There’s a difference between bogus copyright claims and actually stealing someone’s designed game assets.

    This being the latter, if you were confused.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Talkar

    You really wanna quote TB? The joke of the online gaming community?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @9 Such a joke that he’s one of the most popular commentators on YouTube, full stop. Hahaha, I love people who get upset at Internet personalities. What did he do, diss your favourite game? Hahahaha.

    Regarding the subject, you can argue the “money” thing all you want, but the simple fact is that it was someone else’s intellectual property. You don’t have the right to take that without permission, whether you’re an indie developer or a multi-billion dollar corporation. Not really sure what the issue is here.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Mineral4r7s

    @9 yes I did because I agree with him.

    @8 So a fan of the game Aion ( I assume he is he knew what the weapon looked like) liked te weapon so much that he wanted to port it in another game. Its, you can claim, a tribute to Aion and to NCSoft for great weapon design. And all they (NCsoft) do is to rip it apart.

    @7 I agree with the monetizing aspect. They should rather make the weapon free then removing it, or transfering all the money to NCSoft. But removing it is the wrong way I think.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Talkar

    Just because someone is popular doesn’t mean he is someone that is worth listening to. It just means a bunch if idiots wants hear what he has to say. Hell, he even calls his own fans for idiots on more than one occasion.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    @12 Translation “I don’t agree with him therefore he’s an idiot.”

    And yeah, he has. Most of them are.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Talkar

    ^So by your logic Justin Bieber is one of the most well educated guys on the planet that you agree 100% with? Good to know.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    @14 You’re being pedantic, and you know it.

    You haven’t actually stated what’s wrong with his opinion, or *why* they’re not worth listening to.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Talkar

    ^Okay fair enough. He is extremely hypocritical. He talks about how idiotic his fans are, and he never wants to read anything they have to say, yet he has a show dedicated to said fans where he argues with himself on whatever opinion they’ve expressed. He has also several times talked about technical things on how game development is, like how it is to program when he clearly has no idea of what he is talking about, sort of like how you are arguing by baby talking what i said.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @16 There’s absolutely nothing hypocritical about any of that, because you’re not looking at anything in context.

    He allows people to write in with questions. This allows them to be presented in a well thought out, well verbalised manner. The comments section, on the other hand, is a cesspit of whiny sycophants and butt-hurt fanboys.

    “He has also several times talked about technical things on how game development is, like how it is to program…”

    You don’t need to be able to write to know if a book is good or not.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Talkar

    It is still hypocritical, whether or not you think so is just up to you.

    “You don’t need to be able to write to know if a book is good or not.”
    No but you need to understand the fundamentals of how programming works to be able to say if it is good or bad code that is being used. For example how would someone be able to say when i should use an array instead of an arraylist without knowing the differences?

    #18 2 years ago

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