Superman Unreal Engine 5 Demo Creator stolen, sold out on Steam – IGN

An independent developer who made a demo of Superman’s flight experience in Unreal Engine 5 said his work was stolen and listed for sale on Steam.

In April, we shared a video of an amazing Superman-style flying experiment built in Unreal Engine 5. The demo, which is still free to try out on itch.io, was built using Epic’s city The Matrix Awakens. Developer Tyson Butler-Boschma replaced the Matrix elements and introduced a Superman-like character to give players an idea of ​​what a future superhero game on Unreal Engine 5 could look like.

A couple of weeks ago, a fan pointed out to Butler-Boschma that a similar game had appeared on Steam, under the title Heroes City Superman Edition. According to PC Gamer, a group under the name Hero Game Studios has apparently listed Butler-Boschma’s exact work on Steam at $10.99, and has claimed a copyright on the Butler-Boschma trailer to promote the free demo. The game has since been removed from Steam, but not before it caused so much trouble for the game’s creator.

on me TwitterButler-Boschma revealed that Hero Game Studios began pursuing their content on YouTube following the game’s listing, saying, “The team that stole my free Superman demo and sells it on Steam now owns the copyright to claim my content on YouTube as well… They are directly attacking and harassing me at this point and I don’t feel safe providing my personal information for a counterclaim…”

Butler-Boschma left a review of the game on Steam, warning people that the game was a scam, and that he was the real creator. Hero Game Studios responded to the review before removing the game, saying the following:

Our game is not stolen. One of the former developers of our user team TJ ATOMICA left our team 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.

Butler-Boschma (who goes by TJ ATOMICA on Twitter and Steam) told PC Gamer that he had no idea about Hero Game Studios, and his LinkedIn lists no affiliation with the company.

The developer also bought the game on Steam only to find the opening level he says he created from scratch, including a letter he wrote about how the demo works. Butler-Boschma said, “This assured me 100% that this project was the project I had created and that this developer just downloaded it, stole it, and passed it off as their own work.”

All that’s left on Steam is Butler-Boschma’s negative review, Hero Game Studios’ response, and a few comments in support of Butler-Boschma. You can still check out the free demo for yourself on itch.io.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with minor lines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.


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