Popular Superman Unreal Engine 5 free demo ‘stolen’ and selling for $11 on Steam

The eye-catching rendering of Superman, which was produced in Unreal Engine 5 and circulated widely online earlier this year, has been taken and sold on Steam as an $11 game.

The original proof-of-concept demo – titled A Superman Style Flight Experience (UE5) – was created by Toybox Games’ Tyson Butler-Boschma, using the model city from Epic Games’ The Matrix Awakens as a sandbox for the superheroes’ flight. In April, Butler-Boschma made the playable demo available for free via itch.io, but unfortunately, that’s where things start to go awry.

At the beginning of November, Butler was Bushma alerted to the truth An entity calling itself Hero Game Studios took its demo – a project it created “for the fun of showing what can be made” in Unreal Engine 5 – and began selling it on Steam under the name Heroes City Superman Edition with an asking price of $10.99 USD.

Hero Game Studios recently struck a Butler-Boschma video from April with a copyright claim.

Initially, Butler Pushma urged his followers to retweet his concerns and report the match on Steam. Later, however, with Heroes City Superman Edition still selling out despite his best efforts, he took to the Steam discussion boards to warn potential buyers away – whereupon Hero Game Studios ban it under the guise of “hate speech”.

Butler-Boschma’s next step was to purchase a copy of the Heroes City Superman Edition to leave a Steam review where he could share his story in more detail. He wrote: “I made this demo myself months ago as a proof of concept, using mostly free assets, many YouTube videos and reviews would confirm this, and I’ve always been open and honest about it.”

“To be safe, I bought this game… my game,” he continued, “to be absolutely certain that it was my project,” and I confirmed that now when I played it, finding the opening level I created from scratch. A message from me, explains to players how the simple demo works and provides two doors to walk through. ”

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“Ethics is the biggest issue here,” Butler-Buchma added. “If they took it and put it on Steam for free, I really wouldn’t care, but they sell it, make wild claims, take people’s money, use pure lies, and drag my name through the mud in the process.”

Hero Game Studios responded to the review, insisting that “our game is not plagiarized”, and claiming that Butler-Boschma was “one of the former developers of our user team”. [who left] a long time ago. But now he claims the entire project as his own, but this is completely wrong. The rights to the game and its development process belong entirely to us. The reason he did this was because sales were increasing very quickly. He thinks he can make money from it.”

While Hero Game Studios’ claims seemed dubious based on the timeline of events, that didn’t stop them from pursuing Butler-Boschma further, even going so far as to launch Copyright claim on a YouTube video he had shot in April of his Superman show.

“They are directly attacking and harassing me at this point and I don’t feel safe providing my personal information for a counterclaim,” an angry Butler Buchma said. wrote on Twitter. “I’m completely at a loss at this point… Steam did nothing and now I feel like the same thing will happen with Youtube…”.

Fortunately, though it’s been two weeks and only after the incident started to gain traction across major news outlets, progress has finally been made. The copyright claim for the Butler-Boschma YouTube video was resolved and Valve, finally, pulled the Heroes City Superman version from sale — though questions remain about how it managed to get through the platform’s submission process in the first place.

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