The legal troubles surrounding Stardock and its game, Star Control: Origins, hasn't stopped the company from selling the title, despite a DMCA notice. This DMCA, which was issued on December 31st, 2018, resulted in the game being taken off of Steam and GoG.
This hasn't stopped Stardock from selling Star Control. Holiday sales are still going on, which means big profit and eager gamers ready to spend some cash. To circumnavigate this DMCA, Stardock is selling Star Control: Origins on their main website. At the time of this writing, it is on sale on Stardock.com and activates on Steam for the lowest price yet of $19.99 for a limited time.
As explained in a previous TechRaptor article, this is a result of a legal dispute between Stardock and the series creators of Star Control, Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford. A ruling from these ongoing legal issues made it so that Stardock could not get an injunction to block a DMCA claim. This may have the possibility of exacerbating Stardock's situation. Because they are selling Star Control: Origins on their own website, they may run the risk of being held liable for selling copyrighted materials if they lose the main case.
Right now Star Control: Origins' game pages on GoG and Steam are inaccessible. DLC for the game can still be purchased on either site. Further, if you've purchased the game already, there's no worry about it being inaccessible as long it is in your library. For now, if you don't have the game and want it, you can buy it on the developer's main site.
The Humble Stardock Bundle 2019 is live on Humble Bundle, so if you're interested in some of the developer's other titles, it's a good time to grab them for a cheaper price. The bundle also includes a 33 percent discount of Star Control: Origins on the Humble Store (which has not been taken down), so that's another chance to grab the game at a discount.
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