Update 3/1/2021 8:38 AM: After about a month since Re-Logic's Google account was first suspended, Google has finally contacted them and helped them get it back online. In February's State of the Game update, Re-Logic's Ted "Loki" Murphy announced that they are going to go ahead with the Stadia port. "Due to the hard work the Stadia team has put in—as well as our partners at 505 Games—we have decided that we will allow the upcoming launch Terraria on Google Stadia to proceed. The Terraria Stadia build is based on the DR Studios 18.104.22.168 (latest) build, and is currently at Google for certification review." Google may have had some extra incentive to help out a game dev, given that they are no longer creating first-party games for the Stadia.
Update 2/8/2021 8:15 AM: Around midnight today, Andrew Spinks, founder of Re-Logic, posted a series of tweets announcing that it has been three weeks since his Google account has been disabled, and his attempts at resovling it have resulted in him being given the runaround. In response to Google's silence and unwillingness to provide concrete help, Spinks announced that the Stadia version of Terraria is cancelled. "I will not be involved with a corporation that values their customers and partners so little. Doing business with you is a liability," he concludes.
The original story follows below.
Re-Logic, the studio behind the highly popular 2D action-adventure sandbox game Terraria, has been dealing with an odd problem. Last night, the studio announced via Twitter that they have been shut out of their YouTube and Gmail accounts, and Google hasn't provided any reason for the suspension.
Re-Logic had been trying to work on this problem in private for ten days, but they went public with it last night. Around 10 PM Eastern, amidst posts of Terraria fan art and impressive in-game constructions, the official Terraria Twitter account posted a tweet about something more serious. "After spending 3 hours tonight actively trying to get a response," it reads, "we are no closer to recovering our Youtube or Gmail account." The tweet also adds that they've been locked out without a concrete explanation for ten days now.
After spending 3 hours tonight actively trying to get a response we are no closer to recovering our Youtube or Gmail account. We have been locked out of both without explanation for 10 days now. https://t.co/XFQKI2wuMj— Terraria Official (@Terraria_Logic) January 27, 2021
As for the tweet linked in the above tweet, Re-Logic tagged the official YouTube Twitter account asking to DM them because their YouTube account has been disabled. Anyone looking at their YouTube page now can still watch their videos, but the profile picture is a default one with a slash through it. In a comment thread with the TeamYouTube Twitter, Re-Logic explains that they haven't added anything new to their channel for over three months. However, they were hit with a Terms of Service violation via email. They assumed it was issued accidentally, but three days later, their entire Google account was disabled without any warning or recourse. While their account has yet to be deleted, their conversation with TeamYouTube seems to have provided no solid answers.