Eximius: Seize the Frontline developer Ammobox Studios alleges that its former publisher TheGameWall Studios is a scammer that absconded with their money — and now this publisher's web presence has returned.
Two years ago, Ammobox Studios .found itself in an interesting legal situation. It claimed that it was forced to DMCA its own game to regain control after the publisher allegedly didn't provide promised services. That publisher is TheGameWall Studios and its Internet presence soon vanished, but it has now returned.
What are the Allegations Against TheGameWall Studios?
Nearly two years ago, Ammobox Studios made a submission to the GameDev subreddit where it alleges that TheGameWall Studios "took all of our money and [disappeared]" following the release of its game Eximius: Seize the Frontline.
Adding to Ammobox's troubles is a claim that the publisher retained the Steam AppID without permission. Eximius' listing was removed from Steam on January 10, 2019, and was restored roughly a week later. According to Ammobox, it had to DMCA its own game in order to reclaim control over its Steam Store page.
TheGameWall Studios website subsequently disappeared as shown by the Internet Archive, but it's now back — and Ammobox Studios is concerned that other indie developers may have a similarly-bad experience as it had reported.
TheGameWall Studios is a 'Scam', Ammobox Says
"We recently discovered [TheGameWall Studios] is back," an Ammobox Studios representative said on Reddit. " I’m not sure when they returned, but as of writing this post, the website is back online alongside their social media accounts."
"With this in mind, we wanted to warn indie developers," the submission continued. "The publisher has done this multiple times and we don’t want anyone else to fall victim to The GameWallStudios’ scam again. We weren't the first[,] and if he continues we certainly won't be the last."
In the nearly two years since this saga began, Ammobox says that it is "mostly trying to forget" about the troubles it had with its former publisher. Its main concern is that other indie developers do not have to deal with similar issues, which is why it took the time to detail the problems of the past and warn others that TheGameWall Studios web presence has made a return.
We've reached out to the involved partieson this matter and will update this article when we receive a reply. For now, you can keep apprised of Ammobox's latest developments by adding Eximius: Seize the Frontline to your wishlist on Steam.
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