Poor Valve. The company has found itself in the middle of a lawsuit filed by Square Enix against several unknown defendants who allegedly gained access to a preview build of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and then set it loose in the torrent channels. Because the preview build was hosted on Steam, Square Enix wants the information to the related review account. Valve is refusing to cough up any details without a court-ordered subpoena.
According to a complaint obtained by Gamasutra, Square Enix arranged limited access to a preview build of the upcoming Deus Ex game for certain members of the press. The preview build was accessible through Steam, and required users to sign a non-disclosure agreement. One of these press members was with the Italian gaming magazine Giochi per il Mio Computer (GMC).
Shortly after the reviewers began accessing the code, Square Enix discovered a copy floating along the BitTorrent channels. The company download the game and examined its code only to discover "anomalies" that pointed to the GMC reviewer's Steam account. The problem was that the IP address of the reviewer's computer at GMC's offices did not match the IP address of the computer that accessed the code during the session in question.
Valve retrieved the code from Square Enix and validated the findings, reporting that the computer used to access the game preview code did not match the computer used by the authorized GMC journalist. This indicates that the account was likely accessed by an unauthorized user, and the journalist was probably unaware of the leak.
The complaint claims that 15 "doe Defendants" used an Italian internet service provider to illegitimately obtain and distribute the preview code. The defendants are accused of copyright infringement and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Square Enix is claiming damages in excess of $5,000.
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however im torn, square is asking 5000 in compensation, a VERY REASONABLE price considering how much most companies would claim. anyone here think the game is so good they are asking this little? i mean great publicity if the game pwns, but a loss in sales to many who get the coppy (depending on how finished it is)
dirtyferreti fully support square, go after all the idiot hackers and pirate scum bags! they are nothing but complete losers and social outcasts.What a one sided comment, I pirate plenty of games, I own 2 Legal games in total, Both of which I would not have bought had I not pirated the first one or 2 versions.
My reasoning is a lack of money and a flat out refusal to pay for anything that I do not know if I will like and will not have the ability to resell properly later (I play PC games only).
If I had not pirated any games I simply would not have any at all.
In saying all of that however, I do not think it is OK for people to leak unreleased content, Unless perhaps it is being held back for stupid reasons.