As reported earlier, the Chinese visual novel Shan Gui got pulled off of Steam, and the mystery around it and its future started to deepen. Now the developer Magenta Factory has posted an announcement on the game’s Steam community page, essentially clearing up what happened and why.
Since the Shan Gui has back to Steam’s goods catalog. As the development team, we, Magenta Factory, want to give our customers a brief explanation about the previous removal.
In the first half of 2014, a guy known online as Jucai (Steam Profile:http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198077050350 ) contacted us with a cooperative plan. In accordance with his suggestion, he will serve as a publisher to help releasing Shan Gui on Steam. Later, another technical assistant joined the team makes a trio group. According to trilateral agreement, the profit from Shan Gui will be equally divided into three parts.
But Jucai betrayed others. He set an unreasonable price for Shan Gui without our authorization. And after a short of time, he began to pocket all profit and kicked both developer and technical assistant out of Steamworks group. We could no longer manage the game on Steam nor to update it. As retaliation, technical assistant sent a DCMA ticket to Steam’s administrator caused Shan Gui’s removal.
Soon after that, Jucai sent a counter notice, too. Since Jucai is controlling the right of distribution (but not own), it means if we do not bring a suit in US (out of our ability), then Shan Gui will re-shelf Steam, under his control again. Additionally, Steam received Jucai counter notice makes no sense for admit his right of distribution. In this case, Steam is just follow the rule of DMCA, without investigating someone’s argument.
Of course, we can sue Jucai for copyright infringement. But this case happened in US and our team is based in China, we can’t afford the time and money cost for a transnational lawsuit. So after an inner-team meeting, we decided not to look into the cause, TEMPORARILY. From now on, Magenta Factory is dissolving all relationship and cooperation with Jucai. Magenta Factory is no longer responsible for the follow-up customer service and update of Shan Gui (AppID:307050). The copyright of Shan Gui is still ours, we will take the right of distribution back at a proper time.
Thanks to all the fans of Shan Gui. Magenta Factory will devote all its effects and talents into our next work Bai Qu (hundreds of melodies). We promise you will love it, too. See you when melodies wafting.
The game has been restored to Steam, and it is once again available for purchase at $1.99.